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Indigenous teens in Kalgoorlie call for greater community support -

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In Kalgoorlie two months after the death of a young aboriginal man and a town riot, Aboriginal teenagers want more support in the community.

They've told an ABC Background Briefing investigation about how easy it is to fall into trouble on the streets, and about being physically abused at home by parents on drugs.

They're hoping the town will set up a drop-in centre so they have somewhere safe to go.

But the Mayor of Kalgoorlie has risked inflaming the situation further.

He told Background Briefing that anti-social problems were the result of bad parenting and added that each generation of Aboriginal people was worse than the last.

The WA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier has refused to condemn the Mayor's remarks.

Sarah Dingle reports.