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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

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Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
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Sam Watson on deaths in custody and flag burning: Six pieces of coloured cloth have more value than four Aboriginal lives



Comment from Kay
Time November 18, 2014 at 5:56 am

Well, Sam Watson certainly has a point. I’m not sure what the circumstances are re these most recent deaths in custody – who, when, how, why etc.. We usually hear all about it if the death was the result of conflict with the police – like the Mulrunji Doomadgee case in Palm Island. I for one for like to know how the local Aboriginal community are working towards discouraging Aboriginal people in custody from suicide – and to what extent counseling is in place for at-risk individuals.

Alcohol abuse is responsible for many incarcerations, especially as violence is often also involved. Many remote Aboriginal communities are declared ‘dry’ zones – such declarations often initiated by the women in the community. But in the larger towns and cities alcohol is freely available. Alcohol abuse and domestic violence are the main problems facing First Nation communities around the world, especially in the US and Canada.

In Brisbane, Sam Watson is always on TV protesting about something – some issues being raised by him do seem quite trivial. This one is not however. I think like many people, Sam Watson loves the limelight. Quite frankly, we see Sam Watson on TV so much, my eyes generally just glaze over, which is more the pity when he does raise some serious issues.