Radio Atticus 1 December 2011

Part two of the story of an Aboriginal family and their ordeal, why are Australia’s rates of organ donation so low? And female MPs mandated for Papua New Guinea parliament.

Part two of our story about police powers of arrest and the effect of such arrests on one Aboriginal family. Members of the Hickey family faced charges in Parramatta courthouse earlier this year. Last week we heard from Patricia Hickey, the aunt of deceased Sydney aboriginal youth TJ Hickey, who died in contentious circumstances in Sydney in 2004, his death sparking a Redfern riot and a debate about whether the police were pursuing him. In this case, the Hickey family’s ordeal began when police arrived at their door in response to multiple noise complaints. In the second part of this story, we hear more from Prue Bergen, treasurer of the police association of NSW, about arrest techniques.

Reporter: Amarande Chauvet


  1. Patricia Hickey, Leticia Hickey’s mother.
  2. Aj Karim, solicitor at the Aboriginal legal services
  3. Prue Bergen of the NSW Police Association

Australians pride themselves on giving. The response to the natural disasters this year in Queensland proved that. But when it comes to giving the gift of life, Australians aren’t as generous as we might like to think. Compared to other developed countries, Australia’s track record of organ donation is poor. But why is it so?

Reporter: Justin Ellis

1. Holly Northam, assistant professor of critical care nursing at the university of Canberra.

A bill has been passed in Papua New Guinea’s parliament which creates 22 new seats exclusively for women. Dame Carol Kidu, the only current female parliamentarian, has been pushing for the bill for over six years. With the support of the current government, it passed with only two dissenting votes.

 Reporter: Farah Ahmed


1. Dr Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes – Professor of Women’s Studies and Development Studies at Fliders University

2. Dr. Diann Rogers Healy – Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women .
3. Dr. Sharon Bessell – Researcher at Australian National University
4. Orovu Sepoe – Advisor for the Center for Democratic Instituions’ Women Candidate Training in Papa New Guinea