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Indigenous Australian Communities

Troubled island to entice tourists

It has been rated the most dangerous place in the world outside a war zone, a tropical island ravaged by alcoholism, riots and racial tension.

Thursday, 5 April, 2007, 12:00am

Vapourless fuel wins petrol-sniffing war

It reduced scores of Aborigines to wheelchair-bound zombies, but the scourge of petrol sniffing appears to have at last receded thanks to the introduction of a non-sniffable fuel across Australia's central desert.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Suicide epidemic hits town

The young people of the predominantly Aboriginal town of Yarrabah in far northern Queensland are making a drastic exit from a numbing cycle of poverty, violence and poor health. They are killing themselves.

Social workers say Yarrabah's young Aborigines, tormented by social deprivation and drug abuse, are seeing their funerals as the only status symbol available to them.

9 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Welcome, any day you like on Thursday

''IT'S not your typical tropical paradise,'' the only person I knew who had ever been to Thursday Island, Australia's northern-most point, told me.

21 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Beer looting

BRISBANE: Queensland police searched homes in an isolated Aboriginal community for 150,000 cans of beer looted from a store on New Year's Eve by a mob of 500 armed with axes and guns. No one was injured in the incident at Kowanyama, 1,800 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

2 Jan 1993 - 12:00am