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A Sign of Reconcilation

Yesterday WA police were being praised for their decision to permanently fly the Indigenous flag at police stations as a sign of reconciliation.

Also yesterday, Kearah Ronan, a six months pregnant Indigenous woman was arrested, strip searched and jailed because she was too sick to attend court and give evidence against her former partner. Kearah Ronan is a cousin of Ms Dhu, a 22 year old Indigenous woman who died in police custody after she was arrested for unpaid fines in 2014.

Australia has the worst record for Indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody of any nation in history, including Apartheid South Africa. Western Australia has the worst record of any Australian state.

Expressions of reconciliation are great but meaningless until we demand action on them.