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Tackling indigenous incarceration in NT

Aboriginal flagBishop Eugene Hurley published this message in Unity, Darwin diocesan magazine, on September 16. Reprinted with permission.

In the not so distant past, when I was a young priest in a parish, it was absolutely the norm for people to smoke cigarettes, cigars or puff on a pipe. At the most prestigious dinners there would be several ashtrays on the table. It was perfectly acceptable to smoke during a meal even when others were still eating. Smoking in the home of someone we might be visiting was simply accepted behaviour. Smoking was the norm on public transport, even planes. Now anyone who smokes is almost an outcast.

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