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Michael Mansell, a prominent aboriginal lawyer, believes the challenge facing black Australians is to ensure their distinctness survives and is not swamped by white culture. "We either accept the assimilation policies of the government and make the best of it," he says, "or we agitate for more political autonomy to shape our long term future." In practice this would mean more indigenous control of education, social services and criminal justice at a local level as well as greater land…

Indigenous Australia reeling from policy changes and cutbacks – commissioner

In a human rights report social justice commissioner Mick Gooda calls for justice targets and meaningful community engagement

Australian mining is poisoning El Salvador. It could soon send it broke, too

Damien Kingsbury: OceanaGold, an Australian mining concern, is trying to compel El Salvador to allow it to mine. If it wins a high-profile legal case, the results for the poor country will be dire If El Salvador wins this fight, it will preserve a bipartisan policy on mining, a country’s right to make policy generally, and to protect its main water supply in particular. If it loses, then a foreign mining

Indigenous Australia reeling from policy changes and cutbacks – commissioner

@MickGooda #Indigenous AUS reeling from policy changes & cutback -Despite #Abbott’s assurances to the contrary, Australia is witnessing one of the largest upheavals in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander affairs thanks to large-scale funding cuts, policy changes & reviews by the Abbott government, he said. In a report from the Australian human rights commission tabled to parliament on Thursday, Mick Gooda called for the govt to commit to justice targets and to work with Indigenous…

Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, denounced the Australia government’s asylum seeker policy as “a campaign of cruelty”. He called for compassion and international cooperation. Read the media release here. When you read about asylum seekers, what is your first instinct – to protect your own way of life, or to protect their lives? #CSTQuotes from www.social-spirituality.net

Benefit changes mean a choice of 'eat or heat' for an increasing

Soaring numbers of families with disabled children are being forced to go without food or heating because they can no longer afford the basics, a major study shows.

How can I get my head and heart around Labor's policy on boat turnbacks?

Asylum seekers... maybe a more humane response than the current policy in Aust.

The seven questions David Cameron's election guru needs to answer about his tax affairs and his influence on Tory policy

The seven questions David Cameron's election guru needs to answer about his tax affairs and his influence on Tory policy - General Election 2015 - UK Politics - The Independent Last week the anti-tax avoidance champion Margaret Hodge demanded David Cameron "come clean" over whether his election strategist Lynton Crosby had gained personally from his "complex" tax affairs and his non-dom status. Having heard nothing from Mr Crosby or the Tories Ms Hodge, who challenged Amazon, Starbucks and…