Port Keats in the spotlight

Time permitting, I intend writing a post on the current controversy about endemic child sexual abuse and extreme violence in Aboriginal communities.

In the meantime, one of the most eloquent testimonies I’ve yet heard about the virtual civil war  situation in the troubled community of Port Keats/Wadeye went to air yesterday on ABC Local Radio Darwin’s morning program.   Stand-in compere Leon Compton intereviewed Wadeye School’s co-principal Ann Rebgetz.   You can listen to the interview here (RealAudio) or here (Windows Media).   I urge you to take the time, because Ann conveys the seriousness, complexity and the dreadful everyday reality of living in such a community with a calm,  understated absolute conviction that brings understanding in a way that much more sensationalised TV coverage usually  fails to achieve.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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