A special report from Else Kennedy of Shut Youth Prisons in Alice Springs explores the juvenile (in)justice system from the perspectives of Dylan and Kirra Voller, in the wake of the NT Royal Commission into Juvenile Justice. The Vollers were thrown into the spotlight after a Four Corners report in October 2016 exposing inhumane conditions and treatment of juvenile prisoners, including Dylan. This report includes a spoken word piece from Dylan and a new track from his sister Kirra.
We hear a segment on the inspiring acts and seven year imprisonment of US military whistle-blower Chelsea Manning, who recently walked free after President Obama commuted the remaining 28 years of her sentence as one of his final acts as US President. This segment was produced by Andy Paine from 4ZZZ in Brisbane.
As the QLD Government lays out the red carpet for mega coal-miner Adani, we get a piece of Murrawah Johnson's mind, of the Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council. These words were recorded at a Sydney forum connecting frontline Indigenous struggles for climate justice in Australia and Canada.
Extra music from Red Sand Country.
Image: Kirra Voller with brother Caleb and supporters outside the NT Royal Commission hearings in Alice Springs. Credit: Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe.
Earth Matters #1088 was produced by Gem Romuld.
Gem Romuld, Teishan Ahearne & Kerri-Lee Harding