Welcome to a column for those who don’t have time or inclination for Twitter-scrolling.
This week, we bring news from the campaign to stop the criminalisation of young children, more evidence of housing as a critical health concern, and highlight the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working for change on multiple fronts.
Scroll to the end to find out about upcoming events that look interesting.
This week Douglas Smith, Indigenous Affairs reporter at the The Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, wrote about his experiences of being targeted by police as a child, and the traumas this causes. Cheryl Axleby, Co-Chair of the Change the Record coalition, tweeted that she hoped such truth-telling would increase awareness of the need to raise the age at which young people can be detained. While hundreds of thousands of Australians have signed petitions in support of the #RaiseTheAge campaign, the Queensland Government has been accused of “hypocrisy” for voting against a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility on the same day that it committed to an historic treaty with First Nations people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: creating change
Read more about Hobart City Council’s decision to relocate a statue of a surgeon and politician William Lodewyk Crowther, who in 1869 mutilated the body of an Aboriginal man, William Lanne.Read the latest news on Victorian treaty developments
Housing and health
Read the article on increased rent for public housing in remote communities in NT