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Black Lives Matter Protests Continue Around Australia

CN: Police brutality, racism.Shaye WindsorVolunteer Journalist 14 July 2020 Last weekend Black Lives Matter demonstrations continued across Australia with one clear message – the fight for justice is only just getting started. In Brisbane the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance appealed for national drive to continue. Brisbane’s* event came after protesters marched in Kempsey, the hometown of Dunghutti man David …

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I Can’t Breathe

CN: Police brutality, racism.Shaye WindsorVolunteer Journalist2 July 2020 The outrage surrounding the deaths of unarmed Black people, like that of Minneapolis man George Floyd, has triggered worldwideaction. Huge numbers of people have been inspired to march across cities across the globe calling for justice for First Nations peoples and against police brutality. In Australia, the huge rallies have a keen …

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We have not learned the lessons of the lonely death of Mr Jackamarra

Originally published in the West Australian, republished with permission. Photo caption: Mr Jackamarra’s family: Shaquille Jackamarra , Zarack Teh, Georgette Jackamarra, Lorraine Dodd and Phyllis Teh. Credit: unknown/Nicole Tooby OPINION | Nicole Tooby The police killing of George Floyd in the US has sparked renewed calls and demonstrations in Australia to address Aboriginal deaths in custody. My thoughts have been with the …

‘It does happen here’: Calls to address police brutality in Australia

The family of an Aboriginal man who died in custody says protests against police brutality in the US should be a wake-up call about the plight of Indigenous Australians in the justice system. Justice advocates in Australia, including the National Justice Project’s George Newhouse have drawn parallels between the death of George Floyd and the case of David Dungay jnr, …

Former police watchdog commissioner says officer may have acted unlawfully during teenager’s arrest

A former commissioner of the New South Wales Police watchdog believes a police officer captured on camera sweeping the legs out from a 16-year-old Indigenous boy may have acted unlawfully. NJP’s George Newhouse discusses the case with ABC News and his role representing the family of the teenager. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-03/pressure-builds-over-police-handling-of-indigenous-boys-arrest/12317868

Quoting a meme, Scott Morrison says US violence will not bring about change

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has referred to a meme to denounce violent protests in the United States prompted by the shocking death of an African-American man. In the SBS News coverage, NJP’s George Newhouse compares the case of David Dungay Junior, who died in custody while being pinned down by five police officers, with Mr Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Read more from …

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A looming threat: Covid-19 in immigration detention

During this time of emergency the NJP is proud to be part of an industry chorus, alongside the Human Rights Law Centre, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Refugee Legal, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, calling for refugees to be afforded the same level of consideration as the rest …