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29 years, 437 deaths – yet no answers, no convictions and no justice

By Wendy Bacon Aboriginal families whose sons or daughters have died in custody formed a circle for a healing smoking ceremony, performed by Gadigal elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor at Djarrbarrgalli (the Gadigal word for ‘Domain’), during a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on Sunday 5 July. Protesters called for fundamental changes in the criminal […]

Aboriginal elders stand firm on Black Lives Matter rallies

By WENDY BACON This story was UPDATED on Saturday July 4. Black Lives Matter - Stop Black Deaths in Custody organisers have called on NSW Police not to stand in the way of a protest at Djarrbarrgalli, the local Gadigal word for Sydney’s Domain, this Sunday July 5. Nearly two thousand people have already indicated […]

Black Lives Matter rallies attract tens of thousands

By ALEC SMART Rallies in support of Black Lives Matter on 6 June attracted tens of thousands across Australia to commemorate George Floyd, a black man who was suffocated to death by a Minneapolis police officer in the USA. Most of the demonstrators followed health authority guidelines to wear masks to limit possible spread of […]

Hundreds attend Sydney’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ march

By MIKE HITCH Hundreds of Sydney residents attended the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest in Hyde Park on Tuesday, following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers in the United States. The protest, organised by the Australian Communist Party and grassroots Indigenous activists, also fought back at issues closer to home, […]

Call for answers: black death in custody unresolved

BY ALEC SMART On 29 December 2015, most families in Australia were enjoying the festive season together, looking forward to the forthcoming New Year. The Dungay family of Kempsey, likewise, was in buoyant spirits. David, son, uncle, brother, cousin, father and beloved member of the Dhunghutti Aboriginal community, was three weeks away from release after […]