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SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs: Fund a 24-hour Aboriginal crisis centre in Adelaide
  • Petitioned Paul Caica

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SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Paul Caica

SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs: Fund a 24-hour Aboriginal crisis centre in Adelaide

    1. Tauto Sansbury
    2. Petition by

      Tauto Sansbury

      Adelaide, Australia

It was only Day 13 of the New Year, 2012. And on this day, I attended the funeral of the eighth South Australian Aboriginal person to die – the eighth death in our small community in 13 days.

One was for a young man of 21 with his whole life in front of him. He felt so hopeless that it was easier to end it than live in this ‘lucky country’. Support at his darkest hour might have saved him. But right now there is nowhere for people like him to turn when they most need it.

There is no quick solution to this tragedy, but more support could be the difference between life and death for people in my community. I'm calling on the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Paul Caica to fund a 24-hour crisis centre so that people have somewhere to turn. 

I’ve been to too many of these funerals. Our whole community has. Parents bury their children, and we grieve for another young life needlessly lost. These deaths are slowly tearing us apart.

Death is the natural conclusion to life, but it’s not natural for Aboriginal people to be dying of preventable causes at this rate, years and years before the rest of the population.

I’m compelled to stand up and say something about what’s happening. Nothing is changing. It’s not just an issue for me to raise; we need to stand up as a community and say that in 21st century Australia, this is unacceptable and something has to be done.

Please sign the petition to Minister Caica, and tell him to fund a 24-hour crisis centre. Our destiny is in our hands, and it’s time to take control of it.

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      Tauto Sansbury
      Petition Organizer

      We still need another 1500 signatures. We're getting there but we need to keep going. Please get your networkson board. Tauto.

    2. Thank you all very much for your wonderful support. Let's keep it growing!

      Tauto Sansbury
      Petition Organizer

      To know their support is appreciated and to encourage them to get others to sign.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • C Tucker AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The gap is here in our suburbs and we can close it.

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    • pamela jones SEATON, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Mainstreaming these sevices doesn't work

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    • Yvonne Smuts AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      All people who reach a point of wanting to take their own life because they feel helpless or hopeless, deserve to be heard. The root of hopelessness of Aboriginal People, and children in particular runs deep with tragic consequences. It is imperative that this is addressed by those who are qualified and have the cultural insights needed to be effective in reaching across this void.

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    • Cheyne Gates AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      it is an issue that is not given nearly enough attention in Aust. the very fact that we have these sorts of social problems amongst our indigenous people in our country is something that needs to be addressed

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    • Debra Carlyon ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I work with young Aboriginal people in the polices cells and I worry about all of the time

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