130221 – [WGAR-news] Man allegedly bashed by NSW police testifies: NITV News

* Alexandra Payne-Baggs, Green Left:
March demands justice for TJ Hickey
* NIRS: Prison only a temporary solution: WA group
* SBS Audio Radionews:
Fighting to reduce young Indigenous imprisonment
* NITV News: Man allegedly bashed by NSW police testifies
* SBS World News Video: NSW police accused of bashing cover-up
* Tracker: Cops taunted Aboriginal man: PIC
* ABC Indigenous: Police taunted bashed man’s mother, inquiry told
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* ABC PM Audio: Qld child protection inquiry highlights failures

* Sovereign Union:
Remembering the ‘Flying Foam Massacre’ at Burrup Peninsular, WA
* ABC Audio: Flying Foam Massacre Rememberance Day

* ABC Radio National Audio: Awaye!: Beagle Bay Chronicles

* ALEXANDRA PAYNE-BAGGS, GREEN LEFT:
MARCH DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR TJ HICKEY

– News

Green Left: March demands justice for TJ Hickey
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53364
18 Feb 13: “Protesters gathered in Redfern on February 14,
to mark the ninth anniversary of the death of the
17-year-old Aboriginal youth TJ Hickey and repeat the call
for an inquest into his death. In 2005, police pursued
Hickey causing him be thrown off his bike and land on a
spiked fence. His family say that instead of waiting for
the police rescue unit to arrive and provide the proper
medical attention that was needed, TJ was pulled off the
spikes and thrown forcefully onto the concrete where he
bled heavily. When the rescue unit did arrive,
then-constable Michael Hollingsworth sent them away.”
By Alexandra Payne-Baggs

– Event

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Waterloo, Sydney, NSW
Rally 9th Anniversary of TJ Hickey’s death:
9 Years Too Long! Re open the TJ inquiry!
Demand justice for TJ and all other Deaths in Costody!
Organised by the Hickey family and the
Indigenous Social Justice Association: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Flyer: http://indymedia.org.au/files/flyer%20front%209th%20anniversary%20tj%20hickey%20rally%2014%20feb%202013%20raul%20+%20shelly%20with%20changes.pdf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/9-years-too-long-re-open-the-tj-inquiry
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53144
TJ Petition: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/re-open-the-coronial-inquiry-into-t-j-hickeys-death-stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-now
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

* NIRS: PRISON ONLY A TEMPORARY SOLUTION: WA GROUP

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Prison only a temporary solution: WA group
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7867-prison-only-a-temporary-solution-wa-group
20 Feb 13: “The Deputy-Chair of the Western Australia
branch of the Deaths in Custody Committee says he’s not
surprised to hear comments made by a Northern Territory MP
that prison may be a good solution for some Aboriginal
people. … Marc Newhouse says it’s probably true to say
when someone is in prison they may stop taking drugs and
stop drinking, but it’s only a very temporary solution.
“Prisons do not rehabilitate. “Prisons do very little in
terms of addressing the root causes of offending
behaviour. “It is a sad indictment that [Bess Price] has
the view that prison can be a good thing. … “”

– Related News

ABC: MP says jail is good for young Aboriginal people
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-15/bess-price-jail-is-good-for-you-nt/4521152
15 Feb 13: “A Northern Territory Government politician says
some Aboriginal people support imprisonment because jail
gets the younger generations sober, fed and keeps them
safe. Overnight, the Legislative Assembly passed amendments
to the NT Sentencing Act, allowing for mandatory sentencing
of violent offenders. Labor opposed the bill and raised
concerns it would continue to see Indigenous people locked
up at an alarming rate. The member for Stuart, Bess Price,
told Parliament Labor did nothing to address the matter
when it was in power, and argued that incarceration had
some benefits.” By Penny Timms

ABC: Lawyers disappointed by Bess Price prison comments
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-18/lawyers-disappointed-by-bess-price-prison-comments/4524556
18 Feb 13: “The Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid
Service says comments from a local MP undermine work to
divert people from prison. The Member for Stuart, Bess
Price, told Parliament that some Aboriginal people like
prison because it helps them get sober and stay fed. But
CAALAS Principal Lawyer, Mark O’Reilly says Indigenous
incarceration rates in the Territory are a disgrace and the
government should be doing everything in its power to keep
people out of prison. “There are a lot of organisations
around that are doing a lot of good work to try and support
people in the community and improve conditions,” he said.”
By Anthony Stewart

* SBS AUDIO RADIONEWS:
FIGHTING TO REDUCE YOUNG INDIGENOUS IMPRISONMENT

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
Fighting to reduce young Indigenous imprisonment
By Ryan Emery
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/254590/Fighting-to-reduce-young-Indigenous-imprisonment
18 Feb 13: “Indigenous culture and peer mentoring are key
elements of a program to help reduce WA’s high rate of
Indigenous youth imprisonment. Western Australia has the
second highest level of incarceration rates for young
offenders after the Northern Territory. The majority are
Indigenous. So what’s being done about preventing
juveniles ending up in prison or returning back there?
Amid a state election campaign, with both sides pledging
to be tough on law and order, Ryan Emery takes a look.”

* NITV NEWS: MAN ALLEGEDLY BASHED BY NSW POLICE TESTIFIES

– Video

SBS World News:
Man allegedly bashed by NSW police testifies at inquiry
Source: Brooke Boney, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1738682/Man-allegedly-bashed-by-NSW-police-testifies
19 Feb 13: “Corey Barker, the young Indigenous man
allegedly bashed by police in Northern New South Wales,
has given evidence to the Police Integrity Commission. The
New South Wales inquiry into the alleged bashing of a
young Indigenous man continued today in the Police
Integrity Commission. Corey Barker from Ballina on the
state’s north coast took the stand to describe his
version of events in January 2011. CCTV footage from
inside Ballina Police Station shows a man on the ground
— Corey Barker. Today he told the inquiry the pain he
felt then was the worst in his whole time in custody.”

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO: NSW POLICE ACCUSED OF BASHING COVER-UP

– Video

SBS World News: NSW police accused of bashing cover-up
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1738280/NSW-police-accused-of-bashing-cover-up
18 Feb 13: “An inquiry into the alleged bashing of a young
Indigenous man at the hands of the police on the Mid North
Coast of New South Wales started today. Police bashed a
young Aboriginal man in custody and lied about their
actions after a violent confrontation with him and his
friends, an inquiry has heard. A Police Integrity
Commission (PIC) public hearing heard that Corey Barker
was arrested in Ballina in northern NSW in 2011 after
trying to intervene in an altercation between two of his
friends and the police.”

* TRACKER: COPS TAUNTED ABORIGINAL MAN: PIC

– News

newsTracker: Cops taunted Aboriginal man: PIC
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/cops-taunted-aboriginal-man-pic/
20 Feb 13: “NSW police accused of bashing a young
Aboriginal man in custody also taunted him by making a lewd
gesture behind his mother’s back when she came to the
police station, an inquiry has heard. The Police Integrity
Commission (PIC) in Sydney is looking at allegations the
officers beat Corey Barker while he was in custody and
later falsely accused him of assaulting them. Mr Barker,
24, was arrested in Ballina in northern NSW in 2011 after
he intervened in an altercation between police and two of
his friends.”

– Related News

newsTracker: Aboriginal man had police assault record: PIC
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/aboriginal-man-had-police-assault-record-pic/
20 Feb 13: “NEW SOUTH WALES: A young Aboriginal man who was
allegedly bashed and falsely accused by police had
assaulted an officer less than a year before, a police
misconduct inquiry has been told. The Police Integrity
Commission (PIC) is looking at allegations that officers in
Ballina, on the NSW far north coast, bashed Corey Barker in
custody and later accused him of attacking them, after he
intervened in an altercation between police and two of his
friends in January 2011. He was serving a nine-month
suspended sentence for assaulting police at the time of
the incident.”

* ABC INDIGENOUS:
POLICE TAUNTED BASHED MAN’S MOTHER, INQUIRY TOLD

– News

ABC Indigenous:
Police taunted bashed man’s mother, inquiry told
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-19/police-taunted-bashed-man27s-mother2c-inquiry-told/4527672/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
19 Feb 13: “A man who says he was bashed by police on the
New South Wales north coast has told an inquiry that
officers made sexually degrading gestures behind his
mother’s back. Corey Barker is being questioned at the
Police Integrity Commission (PIC), which is holding an
inquiry into his arrest and prosecution at Ballina in
January 2011. The 23-year-old Indigenous man was charged
with a string of offences, including assaulting police.
But last year a court dismissed the charges against him,
finding it was likely the officers who bashed him lied
about it under oath and colluded to have him jailed.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

20 Feb 13: “A Police Integrity Commission inquiry into the
arrest and prosecution of a 22 year old aboriginal man
charged with a string of offences, including assaulting
police has been told that the arresting officers made
sexually degrading gestures behind his mother’s back.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 13 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* ABC PM AUDIO:
QLD CHILD PROTECTION INQUIRY HIGHLIGHTS FAILURES

– Audio

ABC PM: Qld child protection inquiry highlights failures
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3693006.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
18 Feb 13: “After months of, at times harrowing evidence,
Queensland’s royal commission-style inquiry into child
protection has revealed what is sees as the biggest
problems in the system. … Between five and 10 per cent of
Queensland’s children will be physically or emotionally
abused during their childhood. That’s just one of the
statistics that’s surfaced since the Queensland Child
Protection Commission of Inquiry began last July. Others
include a 90 per cent jump in the number of Aboriginal and
Torres Islander children in out-of-home care in the past
six years.”

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
REMEMBERING THE ‘FLYING FOAM MASSACRE’ AT BURRUP PENINSULAR, WA

– News

Sovereign Union:
Remembering the ‘Flying Foam Massacre’ at Burrup Peninsular, WA
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/508
“Sunday the 17th of February marked the 145th anniversary
of the Flying Foam Massacre on the Burrup Peninsular in
Northwest Western Australia, when it is estimated sixty
Yaburara children, women and men were murdered by colonial
gunshot. The massacre occurred after the spearing of a
police officer, Constable Griffis, who was believed to
have raped a Yaburara woman. Over the following months it
is estimated a total of 100-150 Yaburara were killed by
way of retribution. The Sunday commemoration was part of
the ongoing ‘Stand up for the Burrup’ campaign, … ”

– Event

Event: Sun 17 February 2013: West Perth, WA
Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day
“In memory of the 17 February 1868
Flying Foam Massacre of the Yaburara people
of the Burrup, there will be a Stand Up for
the Burrup photo-shoot action at the the
WA Parliament House … ”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53248

* ABC AUDIO: FLYING FOAM MASSACRE REMEMBRANCE DAY

– Audio

ABC North West WA: Flying Foam Massacre Rememberance Day
By Tangiora Hinaki
http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2013/02/16/3691890.htm
16 Feb 13: “In memory of the 1868 Flying Foam Massacre of
the Yaburara people of the Burrup, there will be a
Rememberance Day held on Sunday 17 February at Murujuga,
also known as the Burrup, in the Pilbara. … Audry Cosmos
is the project officer from the Yaburara and Mardudhunera
Aboriginal Corporation and would like people to research
what happened and make their own mind up about how they
feel. “It’s up to everyone to read and see how they feel
about it, it’s up to every individual”.”

– Event

Event: Sun 17 February 2013: West Perth, WA
Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day
“In memory of the 17 February 1868
Flying Foam Massacre of the Yaburara people
of the Burrup, there will be a Stand Up for
the Burrup photo-shoot action at the the
WA Parliament House … ”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53248

* ABC RADIO NATIONAL AUDIO: AWAYE!: BEAGLE BAY CHRONICLES

– Audio

ABC Radio National: Awaye!: Beagle Bay Chronicles
Presented by Daniel Browning
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/awaye/beagle-bay-chronicles/4514968
15 Feb 13: “Beagle Bay is part of the Dampier Peninsula in
Western Australia. Local Indigenous elders took part in a
cultural exchange with young performers from Melbourne for
Beagle Bay Chronicles. The collaboration culminating in a
moving performance in the remote community late last year.”

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