Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, NDIS and First Nations Peoples, 30 years since RCIADIC, Pill testing, drug and alcohol services and Covid-19

Thursday, 15 April 2021 - 7:00am to 8:30am
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody National Day of Action 10th April Poster

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Meriki Onus, host of The Black Block, speaks to Wurundjeri woman, Sue-Anne Hunter, about the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission - a truth-telling process expected to begin in July 2021. This episode on The Black Block was aired on 12 April 2021 and you can find the whole episode online. The Black Block is an Indigenous current affairs program that is broadcast on 3CR every Monday from 11am-1pm. 


June Riemer, Deputy CEO of the First Peoples Disability Network, joins us to speak about proposed changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We discuss mandatory independent assessments, the experiences of First Nations Peoples when accessing NDIS and the slow rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to the disability community. 


Amanda, an activist scholar of Aboriginal (Brinja-Yuin) and settler (Greek, English) descent, provides some reflections on the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. 


Apryl Day, Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba and Barapa Barapa woman and daughter of Tanya Day – a proud Yorta Yorta grandmother who died in the custody of Victoria Police in 2017, reads the demands of families whose loved ones have died in custody at the Naarm rally for the National Day of Action to Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody on Saturday April 10th.


Steph Tzanetis, Harm Reduction Victoria’s DanceWize Program Director and board member of Harm Reduction Australia, which runs Pill Testing Australia, discusses the state of support availability for people who use drugs and/or alcohol and how this has changed over COVID. She speaks about findings from the recent coronial inquest into the deaths of five young men between July 2016 and January 2017 after ingesting what they believed to be MDMA and/or magic mushrooms.


Today, 15th April, marks 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Some events we encourage listeners to tune into:


1pm 15th April - Stop Black Deaths in Custody Webinar organised by NATSILS

3pm 15th April 30 Years: Still No Justice organised by FISTT, WAR and Gamilaraay Next Generation

6pm Monday 19th April - Stop Black Deaths in Custody Webinar organised by NATSILS



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