Just wanted to let the far too many idiotic Dockers fans who booed Adam Goodes last night at the football final know that you are a disgrace and that Fremantle does not stand behind you!
You embarrassed your footy club and the City of Fremantle with your racist rubbish. It was not just a bit of fun, it was unacceptable treatment of a great footy player and a role model for his Aboriginal community and beyond. You who engaged in it last night disgust me!
ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.
Australian Border Force (ABF) officers will check people’s visas on the streets of Melbourne this weekend as part of a police operation in the city’s CBD, the Federal Government has revealed.
The agency says people will not be targeted on the basis of race or religion
Part of a broader operation including Victoria Police and other agencies
Officers will be positioned at various locations around the city and will speak with any individual they cross paths with.
No, Australia this is not a belated April’s Fool joke, this is the reality in Australia in 2015 where the Abbott Government introduces racist and fascist actions! What is next, maybe something like foreigners wearing the Star of David as the Jews were forced to do under Hitler’s regime, or another form of immediate visual indentification?
This is a disgraceful and unacceptable action by the federal government that will affect tourism to Australia!
How are we going to prove on what sort of visa were are, or that we are Australian citizens? No doubt the majority of people who will be stopped and questioned by the Australian Border Force will non-white people. OMG all those broun people who are already subjected to racism in this country often, now will have officials in uniform frighten the living daylight out of them. How many will have poor English skills. Ooooh FUCK Australia. What are you doing!!!!!!
ROEL FOR FREO! Truly Independent
I just watched the new StopThinkRespect video, which is the new campaign against racism in Australia by BEYOND BLUE. It is very powerful and I had goose bumps running down my spine, because I have never understood racism and judging people on their appearance, skin colour, culture, religion or language.
I believe that most people deserve respect and courtesy. To read that a survey by Beyond Blue shows that one in five non-Indigenous Australians would move away if an Indigenous person sat next to them on public transport is outrageous. Ten percent of those surveyed also stated they would never hire and Indigenous job seeker.
From my observation there is a huge amount of latent racism in Australia, but society puts its head in the sand and ignores it. We still live the urban-myth of the laid-back country where fair go for all is the norm, but sadly that mainly applies to those of us who are white.
Racism is despicable and without foundation. It is often the fear of the unknown, as the majority of people can’t be bothered getting to know people from other cultures, and that is very sad because we can all learn so much from each other.
I just started to enjoy the second day of the 2010 Fremantle Festival over a cup of coffee at the Moore&Moore Cafe, when an article on page 3 of the West Australian shocked me back into reality.
During a protest against the proposed asylum seeker detention centre in Northam, two women were wearing T-shirts with the slogans “Bomb Their Boats” and Sink Their Boats” That is absolutely disgraceful to me. How can anyone advocate bombing and sinking boats full of men, women and children? What an inhumane, fascist, and selfish attitude is that!
One of the women, Belinda McKinnon, claims that refugees committed an illegal act when trying to enter Australia, while the fact is that under international law asylum seekers can seek refuge in any country they like.
‘Ladies’, you are inciting racial hatred. THAT is illegal in Australia. You are a disgrace to this nation.
After the television speech by 13 year old Aboriginal girl Madeleine Madden, I decided to join the Generation One movement. You should too!
Here more info from them:
Dear Roel Loopers,
Thanks for joining GenerationOne, the movement where ALL Australians come together to end Indigenous disparity take practical action to finally eradicate the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
You have joined almost 50,000 other Australians who believe we will never end the disparity until we have sustainable Indigenous jobs and career opportunities; education that prepares students for life; training that is specific for a job that is guaranteed; and mentoring programs that gets results.
This is your movement – an opportunity for all Australians, whether you are Indigenous or non-Indigenous, of whatever background or party, to join together and finally end this unacceptable Australian problem. And do it in one generation.
Over the coming months, we’re going to ask you to roll up your sleeves and take part; at campaign events, through supporting organisations in your community or just getting your friends to lend their hands. But your first task is to help grow this grassroots movement. We are not asking for your money, but our success depends on your support.
Will you ask ten of your friends to join us today?
The journey so far has been amazing. Since March 2010 my team at GenerationOne and I have travelled across the entire country, and met thousands of inspiring Australians – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – who are working to end the disparity. GenerationOne has engaged with not-for profit organisations, community leaders, schools, Universities, businesses, employer groups, training providers, job service providers, governments and of course, individuals like you who want to be part of the generation for change.
Already some of these great stories are out there, but with your help we can now inspire even more people, and break down negative stereotypes. Share some of our stories with your friends, or share your personal story with GenerationOne. If you are part of an organisation, register your details here so we can demonstrate your success to others.
This is a new campaign, so there’s a lot to do. We want your ideas on how we can make real and sustainable change for Indigenous Australians. Will you contribute an idea today?
The time is right, and we cannot wait any longer. The facts speak for themselves:
Just 33% of Indigenous young people age 18-24 are “earning or learning” compared with 71% of non-Indigenous young people.
EIGHT of ten jobless Indigenous people are unable to work, because of illiteracy, alcohol, or other psychological problems.
Furthermore, in some rural areas, up to 70% of Indigenous children regularly do not attend school.
This is not an easy goal and it will take time to get there – but it won’t happen unless we start work today and every Australian plays their part. By signing up, you have joined a movement that focuses on real and sustainable change. So thank you.
Tania Major and the entire Generation One team
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Sad to hear the news that Aboriginal singer/songwriter Archie Roach suffered a stroke while doing a song writing workshop in the Kimberley. He is in Broome hospital.
His song THEY TOOK THE CHILDREN AWAY always gives me goosebumps.
His partner Ruby Hunter only died recently, so this is another set-back for this man, who has had so much hardship in his life. He was one of the Stolen Generation children, and was a street kid for a long time, before he became famous for his gravelly voice and deep meaning songs.
Get well soon, Archie!
The 80th national day of Saudi Arabia was celebrated for the first time in Western Australia at the Fremantle Esplanade today. It was a colourful spectacle of dance, music, food and information, in a very friendly atmosphere.
Interesting to see the men doing the dancing and serving. Emancipation at its best, if it wasn’t for the, often confronting for Westerners, full body black garments of the women and the hijabs and burqas they wear.
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