Sam Thaiday in action for the Indigenous All Stars versus the World All Stars in February this year.
Sam Thaiday in action for the Indigenous All Stars versus the World All Stars in February this year.

All Stars to be played in Newcastle, tickets on sale today

NEWCASTLE in the NSW Hunter Valley will host the Rugby League All Stars matches on February 10 next year. Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council chair Linda Burney said next year’s All Stars would mark an important milestone as the first time the event would be played outside of Queensland. “This year’s men’s and women’s All Stars matches were a huge success and well supported both in the lead up to the games and the games themselves,” Ms Burney said. “I have no doubt that Indigenous and non-Indigenous New South Wales fans in particular will jump at the chance to see the best male and female players line up against each other in Newcastle in February next year.” The NRL confirmed early bird NRL club member ticket prices were on sale from 1pm today, August 24, and would start at $10, with general public tickets on sale from Monday, August 29.

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Mills fires up Boomers to do their best

Patty Mills, in front of an artwork by kids from the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, in the Australian Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro.
Patty Mills, in front of an artwork by kids from the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, in the Australian Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro.
Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:32 am

A YEAR ago, almost to the day, Patty Mills had had enough of his Australian teammates simply wondering about their prospects at the Rio Olympics. “He stood up and said ‘No, we’re going to go and get the gold medal’,” recalled coach Andrej Lemanis. “It really gave us that sharp edge and focus to say ‘Hell yeah, we are good enough to do it’.” His message went global today after the Boomers crushed basketball heavyweights Lithuania 90-64 in the quarter-finals.

Redfern AMS celebrates 45 years

Redfern AMS chair Sol Bellear with young patient Rosie Harris.
Redfern AMS chair Sol Bellear with young patient Rosie Harris.
Friday, 12 August 2016 4:58 pm

THE Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) recently celebrated 45 years with a panel Q and A at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney. As part of the celebrations a portrait of chief executive Naomi Mayers was unveiled. Redfern AMS was established in 1971 as a volunteer organisation. Redfern AMS is planning a new partnership with the Sydney Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council to set up a rehabilitation centre. Redfern AMS chair Sol Bellear said the service intends to set up a drug and alcohol rehab service on land owned by the land council.

National Children’s Day celebrated today

In Collie, WA, are Suzanne Mumford, Joyce Dimer and Julie-Ann Dowdell.
In Collie, WA, are Suzanne Mumford, Joyce Dimer and Julie-Ann Dowdell.
Thursday, 4 August 2016 10:21 am

TODAY is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, with events planned across the country to celebrate the strength, resilience and joy of Indigenous children. Children’s Day is held on August 4 each year and is coordinated by SNAICC, the peak body representing Indigenous kids and this year’s theme is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping Indigenous kids feel connected and proud in culture. If you’re celebrating Children’s Day on social media, you can use #ChildrensDay2016 #WeAllBelong and #SNAICC

Gooda to head commission after Martin quits

Brian Martin.
Brian Martin.
Monday, 1 August 2016 1:03 pm

ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and former Queensland Supreme Court chief justice Margaret White have been appointed as joint heads of the Royal Commission into abuse of children at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in the Northern Territory, after the Federal Government’s first choice Brian Martin stepped down. “It has become apparent that, rightly or wrongly, in this role I would not have the full confidence of sections of the Indigenous community, which has a vital interest in the inquiry,” Mr Martin said.

Royal Commission into abuse at Don Dale

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 9:12 am

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a royal commission into the abuse of children in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, following footage of abuse on ABC TV’s Four Corners program last night. In September last year, the Koori Mail reported that the NT Children’s Commissioner had released an inquiry detailing shocking abuse of Aboriginal children in the centre, including the use of tear gas and hoods put over their heads.

Nine Indigenous Australians bound for Rio

Beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy, who will compete at the Rio Games.
Beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy, who will compete at the Rio Games.
Friday, 22 July 2016 9:13 am

NINE Indigenous Australians will be among more than 400 athletes in the national team to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, which start on August 5. They are John Porch (Rugby 7s), Leilani Mitchell (basketball), Patty Mills (basketball), Brooke Peris (hockey), Mariah Williams (hockey), Lydia Williams (soccer), Kayah Simon (soccer), Taliqua Clancy (beach volleyball) and Benn Harradine (discus). Indigenous Australia’s best medal hopes rest with the women’s soccer, hockey and beach volleyball teams.

Indigenous softballers in World Cup team

Stacey Porter.
Stacey Porter.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 2:12 pm

July 20: Three Indigenous players were in the Australian women’s softball team that finished third in the US World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City are now contesting the World Championships in Canada. The Aussies are running second to Mexico in their pool in the World Championships in Surrey, British Columbia. They are being led by veteran Aboriginal player Stacey Porter. The other Indigenous players in the team are pitcher Vanessa Stokes and outfielder Janice Blackman.

Ken Wyatt back as Assistant Health Minister

Reappointed Federal Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt.
Reappointed Federal Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 3:42 am

JULY 19: Ken Wyatt, the Federal Liberal-National Coalition’s only Indigenous Member of Parliament, has been reappointed Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care. Mr Wyatt, a Noongar, Yamatji and Wongi man, defied dire predictions to hold his Perth seat of Hasluck for the Liberals after being first elected in 2010 and again in 2013. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also reappointed Northern Territory senator Nigel Scullion as Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister.

Crowd at Melbourne Black Lives Matter rally

Two participants at the Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne.
Two participants at the Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne.
Monday, 18 July 2016 10:41 am

Up to 3000 people were in Melbourne’s city centre on July 17 for a Black Lives Matter rally. The rally, at the State Library and followed by a street march, was to show solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement, following the recent outbreak of race violence in the United States. It also protested about the deaths in custody of Indigenous Australians. A sit-in was held outside Flinders Street station.

Doubt over Inglis as NSW wins State of Origin clash

Greg Inglis celebrates after scoring the first try of State of Origin III.
Greg Inglis celebrates after scoring the first try of State of Origin III.
Thursday, 14 July 2016 8:42 am

July 14: South Sydney could be without Greg Inglis for at least three matches after he was cited for a shoulder charge during Queensland’s rugby league State of Origin loss to NSW last night at the Sydney Olympic Stadium. Inglis will cop three NRL matches on the sidelines with an early guilty plea or a four-game ban if he unsuccessfully contests a grade two shoulder charge citation from the judiciary. NSW won a thrilling game 18-14 victory at ANZ Stadium.