Stakeholders worried about cattle exports 13/3/2013


from The Koori Mail

As the northern wet season draws to a close, Aboriginal station managers in the Kimberley are waiting to see if they can sell any cattle.

Robin Yeeda

Robin Yeeda

Indonesia, the largest market, is yet to issue any import permits for Australian cattle this year.

For the last two years the country has only bought live cattle weighing 350 kilograms or less, and many cattlemen believe the Indonesians felt hurt and insulted after Australia imposed a live export ban for part of last year. Continue reading

Aboriginal law men slam ‘neglect’ by police 5/3/2009


from WA Today

Relations between Aborigines and police in the North West have dived, say several former police officers.

Photo: Geoff Vivian (c) FairfaxRemote community residents are being neglected, those residents are running into more problems when they visit the towns, and more alcohol is coming into “dry” communities. spoke to several Aboriginal people who resigned from the force after police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan moved to encourage Aboriginal Police Liaison Officers (APLO) to become sworn officers on general policing duties.

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‘FIFO’ lifestyle has its ups and downs 3/10/2012


From The Koori Mail

It is a quarter to five in a Pilbara mining camp. Jerry Frewen drags himself out of bed and grabs a quick shower. It is an hour before dawn. He likes to be at his desk before the day shift arrives, so he doesn’t stay long in the small single-men’s quarters. He is grinning because it is the eighth day in his roster and he will knock off several hours before sunset and be back in Perth tonight. Just as he steps into his office, the first rays of the sun hit the red Pilbara dirt of an open cut iron ore mine.

Frewen is a drill and blast engineer at BHP’s Eastern Ridge mine, and unlike most of the professional staff, he is Aboriginal. He says most of the mine’s Aboriginal staff work as samplers, road crew, machinery operators and in the workshop, and there are plenty of job opportunities.

“A lot of mining companies are taking Aboriginal workers to increase their numbers,” he says.   “Quite a few these days have commitments to maintaining a certain percentage of Indigenous workers. It’s theirs for the taking if they really want it.” Continue reading

Aboriginal store ripoff widespread 30/11/2008


from WA Today

Remote Aboriginal community stores are being ripped off throughout the Kimberley, prominent indigenous residents say.

The stores have become prime targets for unscrupulous store managers, with those doing it almost always escaping prosecution.

“They haven’t even been asked to pay the money back,” retired Aboriginal policeman Gordon Marshall said.

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