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Continuing Crisis In Aboriginal Communities

Thursday 23rd May / presented by Ed Williams

In 2008 the West Australian government ignored an already seven-year-old report predicting the rise of Aboriginal suicide rates.

In 2010, over four per cent of accounted suicides were identified with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, compared with around 1.5 per cent of white Australians.

Today, indigenous communities are experiencing weekly suicides, regular attempts, and self-inflicted injury.

Concerned parties held a ‘crisis meeting’ with the Mental Health Minister, the Premier and others this week.

Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner MICK GOODA came for the meeting and was with me this morning…

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