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(generated from captions) and stories 'We're always looking for good news this set of Christmas cards, and I happened to come across but they're really pushing Dubbo. they have "We Love Dubbo", And on the back, as well. so the little heart is there, Then they say this - of a city, "Dubbo provides all the excitement but remains family friendly. my true friend sent to me On the first day of Christmas, to show the family."' a picture of Dubbo

in Dubbo, will be sold off, A troubled public housing estate and social problems. to tackle rising crime to lock down the area, In January, police used new powers at the Gordon Estate. after locals went on the rampage 250 properties will be sold

will be relocated, and the public housing tenants either nearby or outside Dubbo. and visit everyone. I just walk around I feel like a beer, bro. Every now and then, You know.

I'm a bit stressed out at the moment, have got nowhere to go. because me and my little son

Cos we got to move out. There were houses right along there.

New houses here. Then in the last few months,

all these other houses. they started to knock You can tell by the dirt. In that time, they knocked this house

other one over there. and the one over there, And then one down there. in one morning. They moved four families out

they knocked their houses down. So as soon as they went, that we're living in, In the house now my father has to move out, because he wasn't on the list

and he's going to move on Monday.

on Monday, They're going to board the house up me and my son. so we have to go tomorrow,

On the train, anywhere. POLICE CAR SIRENS

Oh, you're being silly there! Where? out on the highway # There's a madman

# Going on a killing spree # Devil takes his soul tonight # So make love and cover me # All the fires burning # It's coming down our way # All the fires burning # It's coming our way. # Well, the Gordon Estate. It's a housing estate, right, a housing department. it's predominantly And it's predominantly Aboriginal. a resettlement program, They had what they called from further out west encouraging Aboriginal people

to move to Dubbo, you know. Dubbo's got employment opportunities, Dubbo's got it all, Dubbo's got education opportunities, Dubbo's got everything. they weren't prepared But what they did, that they got. for the influx of people the people into the community They didn't know how to integrate or welcome them into the community.

This would be the front yard. Four bedrooms. A lounge here. All the bedrooms are on this side and the kitchen in here. Out here. Four bedrooms. Nice house it was, too.

I don't like the neighbour, Had a neighbour,

she don't like us, because she's white, so that's some trouble with her. With the yard and all that. I told Department of Housing, I got nine kids. "Can you understand me? and I'm trying to struggle with I got no de facto let alone the yard. cleaning my house inside, Do the best I can." my brother-in-law told me Monday morning, to go down to the police station about what happened. and just give our statement "Because the police are after you." He said, "Why are they after us?" And me and Kathleen said,

for starting a riot." "Well, that's charging you We go to Department of Housing lady. to the police station Then they come over and interview me, if I wanted to move to Wagga. asked me I said, "No, I don't want to go."

"I'll move over south or west." I said, for the two families." She said, "No, Dubbo's not big enough offered me a transfer anywhere. They, all of a sudden, Not only anywhere in Dubbo, anywhere in New South Wales, to any other town. I said, "I'm not going!" She said, "Go to Wagga, then." "You just go, Sis. No good here." She said, I'm not leaving Mum and Dad." I said, "No, "If you don't move to Wagga They said, you'll be evicted, anyway." and Dad move out of your house, I looked at Kathy and I was crying. I said, "We'll go to Wagga."

And then put us back in lockup she said, and as I was walking out the door, an address in Wagga for you." "Give me one hour and I'll find until they found an address. They wouldn't give me bail,

Strict bail conditions. Was to come home to my house until the very next day. and stay in my house to go to Wagga. 12:30, I was to leave this town and my sister and her six. Me and my nine children

Just regret leaving Mum and Dad.

cos Dad was across the road Didn't want to look at Mum and Dad, and I just jumped on the bus.

made us laugh. I think the little fellas I videotaped it. CHILDREN CHATTER IN BACKGROUND

the little ones. So just like keeping them happy,

and see the bigger fellas crying. Then we look behind

'Welcome to Dubbo 2006. This was the Gordon Estate. police regrouping, Just after midnight, a wild mob attacked them with bricks. minutes after two officers put in hospital Cars were smashed, and others still in danger. rampaged through the streets. More than 200 people Just minutes later, they torched an unmarked police car.'

there. It wouldn't even have been 25 people from 5-year-old to 60-year-old. They arranged the age groups walking there around 2 or 3am, You don't see a 60-year-old person let alone a 5-year-old. and see my cousin, We decided to go for a walk check and see what he was doing. we were on our way back We walked around there,

come flying around. and we saw this car

we knew it was a stolen car, Straightaway, the way it was being driven. we didn't know who was in the car. As we kept walking, As we come closer, someone told us that they had Jocko, my nephew. So we raced up here to check it out and sure enough, it was Jocko lying down there. You know, I'd seen him. When I looked, there were three or four coppers on top of my nephew.

They sprayed him with capsicum spray and he was yelling out, "Get off me, get off me!" The more he was yelling out, the more rough they got with him.

Fair enough. Done the wrong thing, you gotta take him, you know. But how you take him, how you arrest him.

He's a juvenile, man, he's still a kid, you know? 'How old was he?' 16. 16, yeah.

If that was a white kid driving the car, they'd have pulled up, got the kid out, took him down the station, rang up the mum and dad. "OK, so-and-so was in a car, what are you going to do? Come down and clip him on the ears or what?" A black kid, chuck him to the ground, kick it in. I reckon the police and Housing Commission, they all wanted it to happen, you know. Normally, what have you got in this country? Blackfellas will tell you the same thing, bro.

There's one law for blackfellas, one for whitefellas. And that's the truth, that's truth, hey. They might deny it up in Government, but it's happening to us, cos we live it every day.

Next thing I know, in the morning, I just had the feeling someone was looking at me and I turned around like this and there was this copper, standing at the window. Like he was going to come through the window. This is where the mattress was. Mainly my son and my daughter were on here and I was lying this way and facing that way. That's where he was, at the window there. And he said, "What's your name?" He asked me my name and I told him.

He said, "Get the fuck up and open the door."

He just grabbed me and dragged me out of the house. My kids - that's my little boy here - him and his sister, they were there.

They'd seen all that happening too, you know. And they just started screaming and carrying on and they didn't even give me a chance to do anything. I went to jail for 10 months. They didn't give me time to do anything. We finally got in the Supreme Court. Then when we did go to trial and everything, the charges of inciting a riot and throwing missiles were dropped. Dismissed and they just went on with a lesser charge of offensive manner. 'Why were they dropped?' Simple reason. They never had the evidence to back it up, because there was no such thing that they said happened. That's why, for that simple reason. On the media, we've only heard the police side of things. So there's still some doubt whether that riot really took place. You've got to consider what they classify as a riot. Now I saw on the TV the other night, two police got surrounded by 150 people and they called it a pub brawl. That wasn't a riot. This one down here had up to 50 people, if that. And they called it a riot. Me and Mum walked into a shop, to a store down in Dubbo here.

I don't know how, but one lady, she walked to another group of ladies and she said, "Oh, that's the family going to court with the riot. That's the mother and other relative."

This was in a store, this was a white lady.

When we were in Bourke, we used to go to church every Sunday

and the people in the store, they didn't need to do that. Because I walked out, crying. It just hurt me so much. They're supposed to be Christian people, you know. They come here to civilise us and look what she said in the shop. That really hurt me. Even now, I don't like going to town. I won't go downtown without some of my family members with me. It's how people just walk past and how they look at you. Wouldn't even let us in the shop.

I went to the shop to get my hair cut. No appointment necessary. They refused me, so I just walked out. Soon as I said my name, Nedda Dickson, "Oh, right." It's not right.

'A certain lifestyle really enhances your chance of either living or dying and yeah, you have to make a decision. It just seems to me that when it comes to education, health...why is it that the Aboriginal people don't seem to see that you have to help yourself, in order to survive?'

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The boys, they're inside a lot. Course they're bored. Young fellas gotta come around. We don't need no-one to come and demolish the house. We got people here to do it for us. Got the young brothers here, to do it for us. And it's all done through free labour, look. That's free labour, yeah. What's up? GLASS SHATTERS DOG BARKS 'Why are you doing that, Craig?' I don't know. It's already abandoned. They're going to knock it down soon, anyway.

What's happened today, for me and Craig, is that I got to wait for Juvenile Justice to decide. If Craig doesn't get reported or charged, then it's up for the school to decide if they want him back in if he's not a risk factor and if he is, we've got to wait for another four weeks to get him back in. He only had one. (INDISTINCT REPLY) Oh, don't cry about it. Give a smoke to this young Charlie, please. 'Has Craig ever told you what he wants to do when he grows up?' When Craig grows up, he might get something in life. Like I said, you need that education to get through in life. If you haven't got that, brother, you'll always be at the back in the line. 'But has he ever told you what he dreamt of being when he grows up?' Not really. No dreams. No dreams at the moment, brother. I'll become a doctor or something, you know. So I know what I'm doing if I get stuck in the jungle. I'll be right then. I want to go and get all my school done, man. Because that's the only way you can get a job. Aye. I don't want to be in Dubbo anymore, you know.

Cos all these houses and all that shit get knocked down. It's all starting to die out, man.

Maybe go back up the coast, me and Mum. When white settlement took place, we've got to remember that blackfellas weren't allowed to work. They weren't allowed to go to school, they weren't allowed to do a lot of things. And now white people have turned around and they're saying,

"These lazy black people, why don't they do this and that?"

But what they're forgetting is that these lazy people, black people, weren't allowed to do them in the past. They weren't allowed to get good jobs and they weren't allowed to go to school. The headmaster couldn't determine whether a black student went to school or not. It's only in 1972 that they took that rule out, where he could refuse Aboriginal kids the right to attend school. So in 1972, we're looking at 35 years ago.

And they wonder why we've now got the problems that we have got, the issues that we do face, as far as education and as far as employment.

Lot of boys around here used to get out lots of weapons. Used to stab each other. I've seen boys, you know. Stab each other. Put boys in the hospital. 'Why do you reckon all that happened down here?' Cos black folks don't like each other around this area.

I don't know, we don't know why. We're trying to figure it out ourselves. In my family, my mum and dad used to fight all the time. I never used to like that, you know. This one time, my dad was fighting my mum and I stabbed him in the hand with a fork.

Them white guys, they're racist guys. Especially in this town, anyway. You go to a shop around here, they put security on you. know. They say, "Yeah, I'll get security on that." Whatever you're in. They'll watch you like a hawk. They fucking watch you. Make you feel fucking bad. If you can't get no money, just go and find a job. But if you can't find a job, you're fucked. Steal. You gotta steal. You go to Centrelink and then you gotta fucking try get a job and they don't help you out. You gotta go and steal, keep your fucking...and you gotta support your family. This is what the brothers say to me, look. Go like this. Not above you, not below you, right beside you. Whoa.

I'll never go to jail. How would you know? Cos I know. I'll snap out of it. No, you'll end up in there. He's bad, he don't know how to stay out of trouble.

They've been down enough with that, buddy. Not me, boy. You haven't been at Juvenile Centre. You don't care. I'm going to go back to jail with my bread. You'll still be in lockup. These young fellas have got a long way to go yet. Bit young to see. Now I'm a bit older, I'm in my teens. I don't know what I'm really going to do yet.

My life now is not worth living. My kids are worth living for, yeah, but to me, it's just...course I love my kids. I'm trying to work as best I can to get a house for them. Got to Wagga about 11:00 that night. Couldn't find where I was supposed to stay. Took us 10k out of Wagga to Forest Hill Caravan Park and left us there. The next morning, I got up and I looked around and didn't like it. I'd moved out of a four-bedroom home into a small caravan, me and my seven children. And I'd put my two oldest ones in a caravan on their own. My son videotaped this guy right next door to the caravan, where my son and my nephew were staying. And he's so mad.

It just destroyed my life. That's why I don't like Dubbo, I don't like the Department of Housing, I hate them for what they did to me. Whitefellas in their misguided way of thinking, in a lot of times, think what they're doing to is for Aboriginal people's own good. You know, we can take them back to the Stolen Generations and I can just see you people saying, "Oh, here we go." But the Stolen Generation was a policy that was put in by the government, to apparently or allegedly make things better for the blacks. Why could they never ever just accept what the country was, who we were within the context of a country and learn to work with us. They never ever tried to do that. Can I have my bag, please? My bag! Thank you. Did I give you that? Yeah. Get away!

'What's happening here, Hayden?' Nothing. We're just moving out. 'Where are you going to go?' Don't know.

'How are you feeling about this?' Mad. Sad. Friggin'...(ALL TALK ON TOP OF EACH OTHER) Where's the trailer? 'Where are you going to stay tonight?' I don't know. Might stay at my nanna's.

'What about Craig and Robyn? Where are they staying?' Oh, they're moving. They're moving to somewhere. To the coast. 'How does it make you feel, seeing these houses boarded up?' It makes me sad.

How thick are the boards, bro? Oh, not thick.

This thing's going to scare me, bro.

# Madman on the highway # Going on a killing spree # The devil takes his soul tonight # So make love and cover me # Oh, the fire's burning