20 April 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

20 April 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we look at the Killing Times, the new 50 cent coins, wealth inequality and much more.


1. In March this year a number of articles were published about the Killing Times – stories telling of the multiple massacres of Indigenous people in Australia. The Guardian has a detailed and interactive map of the massacres (discretion is advised when viewing) produced by the Newcastle University Colonial Frontier Massacres Project team. This is distressing information but it is crucial that we bear witness to these atrocities.


2. Karen Mundine and Richard Weston have written an article on the importance of using these stories as a way of healing Australia’s historical wounds that will continue to threaten our future if left unaddressed.


3. Check out the new 50 cent coin in Australia marking the International Year of Indigenous Languages. It uses 14 Indigenous words for money!


4. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young Indigenous people who are four times more likely to take their own lives than non-Indigenous young people. Three Indigenous people take their lives every week in Australia. There is now a new app – Kurdiji 1.0 – developed by Australian Indigenous elders and it’s designed to save young Indigenous lives. There is a crowd funding project on Gofundme until the 4th May.


5. Did you know that only a third of Australia’s plastic packaging waste gets recycled? And yet around 72% of paper packaging and aluminium packaging gets recycled each year. Apparently it’s all about our lack of options for reprocessing.


6. The Conversation has a new series of articles looking at hidden women in history. Check out their latest story on Mrs Fanny Finch – the first known female voter in Australia!


7. MSF has an update about the devastation created by cyclone Idai and the resulting flooding in Southern Africa. This has been one of the worst disaster affecting this region.


8. Sex workers in the Dominican Republic are subjected to horrific abuses, often by the local police. Amnesty International has recently released a report into these abuses. If They Can Have Her Why Cant We? looks at gender based torture and ill-treatment of women engaged in the sex industry in the Dominican Republic. There is also a petition you can sign.


9. Greg Jericho from The Guardian argues that we don’t full appreciate how severe the level of wealth inequality in Australia really is – have a read of this and you’ll agree!


10. The ancient art of Yolngu sign language has been captured in a new document to ensure this rare and wonderful form of communication survives. Check out this amazing story from the ABC.


Good to have you with us this week. We’re off on holidays for a week so see you all then.