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Posted by: Bear Dec 1 2017, 01:35 PM
Tragic life in new Struggle Street suburb.

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‘I’ve done no wrong’.Source:SBS

STRUGGLE Street’s latest TV star Norma Boyd has put up with worse, so when police stormed her dilapidated house in the Brisbane suburb of Inala she did not take it lying down.

After her daughter was charged with a drug offence and as SBS-TV’s cameras were rolling on the second series which airs tonight, about 20 police turn up to evict a defiant Norma, 45.

Norma, whose personal tale of tragedy and conflict with the police goes back more than a decade, repeatedly warns them, “don’t manhandle me”.

She’s forcibly shuffled down the front stairs of the Housing Department rental, which despite its peeling paint and ramshackle exterior is clearly a home Norma does not want to leave.

“I want my clothes, I want my clothes,” she says, “don’t touch me, don’t touch me.

“This is what it takes to remove me from my house,” Norma says as she spills her coffee on the stairs in front of the police officer.

“A single black woman. I’ve done no wrong. What they do to first nation people.
“I’m lost ... it’s an abuse of power.”

SBS headed to one of Brisbane’s more downtrodden suburbs to film hardship and poverty for its new series, just as it did in Sydney’s west two years ago.


Tragically, she still mourns the sons she lost in alarming circumstances in 2006.

Just after nightfall on March 11, 2006, Norma’s boys Glen Duncan, 8, and Hayden Duncan, 10, and their cousin Reggie Fisher, 9, were on a railway track in Southern Brisbane.

The three boys had managed to get inside a fenced-off track and were throwing rocks at a Brisbane-bound train passing between Redbank and Goodna stations.

A police officer had seen the boys skylarking near the tracks and warned them to move on, but they swore at her and she saw them leave the station car park.

At 6.16pm, a passenger on an Ipswich bound train saw the boys picking up rocks between the sleepers and reported it to a guard.

The driver of the next Brisbane train 10M1 was alerted to the fact three boys were throwing stones at trains between Redbank and Goodna.

He pulled mesh screens down over the cabin windows, turned off the train’s headlights and “I had my head down making sure I wasn’t going to get ... rocked”.

The train was travelling at full speed at 80km/h when, at 6.39pm, it struck the three boys who may not have heard it because of noise from the nearby Ipswich Motorway.

The traumatised driver, who was later criticised by the Queensland Coroner, radioed in
“We’ve just collected those three kids.”

Hayden and Glen died from multiple injuries and Reggie from head injuries.

Norma’s family later submitted to the coroner that the senior constable who saw the boys playing at Redbank station should have instead helped the children return home, safely.

Hayden and Glen were among seven children belonging to Norma and her then partner Joseph Duncan.

Three months later, the boys’ elder brother Joseph Duncan Jr., died as a passenger in a
car accident which followed a police chase.

On her Facebook page, in the lead up to Struggle Street going to air, Norma said that she expected strong reaction when her tragic story was revealed.

“Mixed opinions will come from many people black & white especially from media when my past will be spoken of on SBS about my sons’ tragic deaths,” she wrote. “[And] the fight we faced just to be heard for the world to see.”

Norma said her daughter Kaylee, 9, “didn’t like teasing, fighting nor bullying.

“I teach my children what family means & the differences in cultures & laws of today.

“We are all the same just different colours different cultures different backgrounds in a big world of good & bad.”

I watched the interview on SBS after this story had aired, all sympathy and blame on the Police from a panel of so called 'progressives'.

They were evicted after multiple complaints in regards to antisocial behaviour, drug use, brawling, and other crime. For the housing department to evict them there has to be good reason, the amount of Police involved seems to highlight this.

Though I am saddened by the deaths of the children, the circumstances seem to indicate very bad parenting - so long as they are "home by 6" is not good enough, I feel very sorry for the train driver!

The race card was pulled, but I don't see how the colour of your skin dictates how you live your life or raise a family, it is about time these people stopped blaming everyone else for the situation they are in due to their own poor attitudes, and lack of respect for others.

The 'progressive push' is for 'free housing', but nothing is free is it - will someone please tell them that 'free housing' will be supplied by people called 'taxpayers', the same ones who pay the welfare bill.

Posted by: charka Dec 1 2017, 03:40 PM
All doing something illegal a message there .Yet no one will say it Another ,one do not cry about getting locked up when you do crime No sympathy from me kinda fits

Posted by: scepo Dec 1 2017, 04:17 PM
I can't be bothered watching this sort of pathetic crap that SBS are so good at churning out.

Posted by: Bear Dec 1 2017, 04:42 PM
I can understand that Scepo, but the rest of us are paying for it in so many ways, I welcome the day that welfare is cut instead of the pathetic progressive sympathy which thrown around by the left without any thought being applied.

It is about time the government clamped down on wasted taxpayer funds.

Posted by: Bear Dec 2 2017, 07:49 AM
I watched Nick Doria's story last night on 'Struggle Street' - Nick's story should be watched by every politician!

Life after the automotive industry.

What does the future hold for 40,000 workers who lost their jobs with the end of Australia’s car manufacturing industry?

Nick Doria worked at Ford’s Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne for 22 years, until it closed in October 2016.

Doria, a trained diesel mechanic who appears in the second season of SBS documentary series Struggle Street, fitted the dashboard of the last Falcon to roll off the assembly line at the 91-year-old factory.

Jobless in a dying industry, Doria and his fellow workers faced an uncertain future. “There’s a lot [of people who] are going to struggle because they can't read or write or apply themselves on computers,” he tells reporters, in episode two of Struggle Street, tearfully brandishing a Ford flag as he left his former workplace.

Almost 600 workers lost their jobs when Ford shut down its Broadmeadows factory. Twelve months later, this year in South Australia, another 1,400 workers lost their jobs when General Motors closed its Holden plant in Elizabeth in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Another 1,500 to 2,000 jobs were lost from the supply chain that provided good and services to Holden, says Professor John Spoehr, Director of the Australian Industrial Tranformation Institute at Flinders University. “There are wider impacts that flow on through the economy as a whole as a consequence of the decline in people’s incomes and the overall reduction in investment in the South Australian economy by Holden.”

A 2014 Productivity Commission report found that the closure of the motor vehicle manufacturing plants would see 40,000 jobs lost across the country by the end of 2017.

So, what happens to the workers?

While Spoehr has been encouraged by the enormous goodwill the community has shown to the Holden workers, he notes that the automotive industry is located in areas that have higher unemployment rates than other parts of the state and often high levels of disadvantage and poverty. The Playford council area, home to Holden’s Elizabeth plant, recorded an unemployment rate of 14.15 per cent in March 2017 – far above the national rate, which was 5.5 per cent in September 2017. “There’s a high risk that the closure will reinforce that disadvantage unless we really focus support and attention on those communities over the long term. The real challenge begins now in ensuring the outcomes for the workers are the best possible outcomes – secure jobs preferably in the communities in which they live.”

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