Friday, December 28, 2012

Broome homelessness 'at crisis point' | The Australian

Broome homelessness 'at crisis point' | The Australian: Eight of the nine people murdered in Broome over the past 3 1/2 years were indigenous people who had drifted to town from outlying areas. "That is a very high number of murders when you consider the size of the town," he said. "Alcohol was a primary factor in those eight deaths. It is a tragedy."


  1. Now how can Carol "Headstones" Martin and Colon "Mein Fuhrer" Barnett blame this on "Hippies" "Greenies" and "well heeled" people who do not live here?

  2. As mentioned before the police and Troy Buswell need to have an investigation into taxi drivers.Taxis in Broome are targetted for a reason.Pedophiles drive taxis,when they dont pay the kids for the sex the kids chuck rocks at the taxis.

    The cab driver hailed a hero for tackling an accused armed robber kissed, cuddled and showered with the alleged bandit at his Koondoola home, claim transport authorities who want to strip him of his licence.
    The State Administrative Tribunal was told yesterday that Mr Vaisi spent about an hour with the woman at his home, where they smoked cigarettes, drank wine, took a shower together and kissed and touched each other in Mr Vaisi's bedroom.

    Prosecutor Peter Busby said Mr Vaisi had breached the cab driver's code of conduct by engaging in sexual conduct with a passenger.

    Mr Busby said the pair did not have sex but "there was certainly some intimacy".

    He said video footage from Mr Vaisi's taxi showed he did not appear to be under duress and it was clear his intent was to take the woman back to his home.

    "We have a very strong case . . . the grounds for suspicion are very strong," Mr Busby said.

    "He took this woman back to his house and wasn't under any duress to do so.

    "The DVD shows that very, very clearly."

    How many more rapes and how much more prostitution before there is an enquiry?



    How political neglect lets an epidemic of blindness go unchecked

    ..........Thirty-five years on, Taylor is now professor of indigenous eye health at Melbourne University and a persistent public advocate and thorn in the side of government. His unit, established five years ago, produces an indigenous eye health survey that benchmarks progress and maps out a national strategy with 42 recommendations for closing the gap on issues such as trachoma, diabetes-related blindness, cataracts and vision loss.

    He says the Third World disease remains as deeply embedded as ever in the desert dust, human grime and impoverished lives of indigenous Australians. A recent survey by the unit estimated that nationwide there are 20,000 men, women and children at risk of trachoma. Some 5000 are children.

    Australia is the only developed country among 57 with "endemic blinding trachoma", a disease eradicated from mainstream society 100 years ago. The doggedness of a disease so easily cured in remote communities (yet common in failing African states such as Sudan and Somalia) is hard to explain given the general level of healthcare.

    In the Northern Territory, Western Australia and to a lesser extent South Australia, strategies encouraging personal hygiene and targeting infected children with new-generation six or 12-monthly antibiotics are having a significant impact. Older patients are regularly operated on when eyelashes turn inwards because of infection, damaging corneas. In communities around Ali Curung near Tennant Creek in the Barkly Tablelands, infection rates are falling for the first time in years. But that is not the full picture.

    Despite the recent advances, the overall trachoma statistics are a national embarrassment. Six out of 10 remote communities are afflicted even though children begin life with eyesight generally superior to that of non-indigenous children. According to "The Road Map to Close the Gap for Vision" produced by Taylor, the rates of preventable eye disease remain at alarming levels. Two-thirds of remote communities surveyed have endemic trachoma. Blinding cataracts are 12 times more common in indigenous adults. Forty per cent have not yet had corrective surgery.

    Professor John Funder, a medical researcher and former director of the Baker Institute, says it is not medical science that has betrayed trachoma sufferers, but deeply troubling systemic mid-level bureaucratic indifference. Of $16 million set aside by the Rudd government for trachoma eradication in 2008, a significant amount remains unspent. New South Wales, with the nation's largest indigenous population, has sat on its hands for three years while health bureaucrats haggle with Canberra over the scope and timing of screening programs. Queensland, where trachoma was recently rediscovered, is home to the second-biggest indigenous population and has been equally indolent.

    Funder, also a senior fellow at Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research and a professorial associate at Melbourne University, is scathing in his assessment of the health bureaucracy, believing Kevin Rudd should have stuck to his "word" in wanting the Commonwealth to take over state health services. "It was unfortunate that he got rolled before he could do it." Under Prime Minister Julia Gillard, progress has been incomprehensibly slow, with other priorities getting in the way.

    The "appalling" Commonwealth-state relationship has been an impediment to forging an effective national trachoma strategy, Funder says. "The duplication, but more importantly the stagnation, is terrible. Progress is glacial. NSW has not got off its arse. Blockages occur at the mid-level where bureaucrats meet every three months, fail to resolve their differences and then agree to meet in another three months."................

  4. A great quote for the coming new year. Let’s start thinking more of others and less of ourselves. Nice post.