Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Royal Commission into abuse of children in detention in the NT

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. The royal commission, which is likely to be led by a senior lawyer or retired judge, will have powers to compel witnesses and the production of evidence. It will be jointly run by the federal and NT governments and the terms of reference will be drafted in the next few days. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has called for the royal commission to also consider the high ratio of Aboriginal children in detention.

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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.

Kado Muir still a chance to win WA Senate seat

WA Senate hopeful Kado Muir.
WA Senate hopeful Kado Muir.
Thursday, 14 July 2016 5:11 am
July 14: Indigenous Australia might yet get another politician in Canberra. Green turned Nationals Senate candidate from Western Australia Kado Muir is neck and neck with incumbent Greens senator Rachel Siewert as counting goes on. Mr Muir, a Ngalia man and vocal anti-nuclear campaigner, was very slightly behind yesterday as preference distributions continued. Senator Siewert is the Greens’ Indigenous Affairs spokesperson. Four Aboriginal people – Ken Wyatt (WA), Patrick Dodson (WA), Linda Burney (NSW) and Malarndirri McCarthy (NT) – have already been elected.

The Aboriginal flag turns 45

Ab flag 210
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 9:51 am
July 13: The Aboriginal flag has just turned 45. Designed by Luritja artist and rights activist Harold Thomas, the flag first flew on July 12, 1971 at Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square), Adelaide. Gaining popularity after it was flown at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972, it finally became an official Australian flag in 1995, along with the Torres Strait Islander flag. The red on the Aboriginal flag represents the ochre colour of the earth, the yellow is the sun while the black represents the Aboriginal people.

1500 in Darwin for NAIDOC National Ball and Awards

This year's National NAIDOC Award winners in Darwin.
This year's National NAIDOC Award winners in Darwin.
Monday, 4 July 2016 2:27 pm

July 10: Ten of Indigenous Australia’s very best were honoured last night at the National NAIDOC Ball held in Darwin. Bangarra artistic director Stephen Page won the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Person of the Year was educator Chris Sarra. The ball and awards rounded off a week of NAIDOC celebrations nationwide. Next year’s NAIDOC focal city will be Cairns, in north Queensland.

Linda Burney set for history-making move

Incoming Federal Labor MP Linda Burney.
Incoming Federal Labor MP Linda Burney.
Monday, 4 July 2016 8:11 am

July 4: Linda Burney is set to become the first elected Indigenous woman in the House of Representatives. The Wiradjuri woman won the southern Sydney seat of Barton for Labor at Saturday’s Federal election after moving from her position as Deputy Leader of the NSW Opposition in the NSW Parliament, where she served for 11 years. Her victory comes as the final result of poll remains uncertain, with the possibility of another hung parliament seeming more likely.

Gagai toast of Maroons after three tries

Queensland's Dane Gagai scores a try during Game 2 of the State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Queensland's Dane Gagai scores a try during Game 2 of the State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:33 am

NOT so long ago, critics thought he wasn’t worthy of Queensland rugby league selection. Now, three try hero Dane Gagai is in the State of Origin record books. The winger was the toast of the Maroons after crossing for a rare hat-trick to spark the Maroons’ series-winning 26-16 game two triumph in Brisbane last night. It sealed Queensland’s 10th series win in 11 years.