This is a tragedy for Aboriginal people and for Australia …

Comment on Gillard lecture seeks to start Aboriginal suicide debate by James.

This is a tragedy for Aboriginal people and for Australia in general.
There is still a long way to go bring Aboriginal people into their rightful place in Australian society.
There are some outstanding Aboriginal role models many of whom have come from Alice Springs.
However, better organised programmes and proper funding are required urgently to address the issue of Aboriginal suicide.
Human beings need hope, purpose, education, jobs and meaningful relationships to survive.
Thanks to Mark Smith for his succinct report.

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A very well measured article that requires close attention.
The amalgamation of Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute into a First Nations University is a worthy, necessary and logical outcome for Indigenous Australia.
Minister Wyatt needs to give this project high priority and develop a proactive programme that will be closely watched by many people.

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John’s wife Ros obviously has played a significant role in his life.
This article deserves to be very widely read.

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Her life is an inspiration to anyone who wants to achieve and perhaps has the odds stacked against them.
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I never found my mother
Great to read another inspiring story in this series. Looking forward to more. Please keep them coming. Thank You.

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