Yindjibarndi lawman Michael Woodley.

Yindjibarndi win exclusive title rights in Pilbara – but FMG to appeal

BILLIONAIRE Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is likely to lodge an appeal after the Federal Court recognised a native title claimant group has exclusive rights over Pilbara land where the company operates the Solomon iron ore mine. Senior Yindjibarndi lawman Michael Woodley said traditional owners deserved compensation. “We believe strongly they are liable for what they’ve been doing for the last eight years on our country, mining without our … prior and informed consent,” he said. FMG chief executive Neville Power said the company was likely to appeal the court ruling and FMG had provided many job opportunities to Aboriginal people. Mr Woodley said FMG’s approach was paternalistic. “I think they’ve set ideology in terms of making sure Indigenous people don’t succeed on our own rights,” he said. “I think they have an issue with the Yindjibarndi people having exclusive rights and then launching a compensation claim.”

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Namponan named most outstanding artist at CIAF

Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo, Queensland Minister Leeane Enoch, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, CIAF art award winner Garry Namponan and Minister Mark Turner.
Friday, 14 July 2017 9:00 am

THE Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) opened last night with a vibrant display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and performance in front of more than 1200 guests at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. Held over July 14-16, CIAF awarded art prizes for the first time, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. “Tonight it was my great pleasure to present this award, which recognises the most outstanding work at the Fair, to Aurukun artist Garry Namponan from Wik and Kugu Art Centre,” she said.

All Blacks to host Koori Knockout meeting

Dean Widders.
Friday, 7 July 2017 3:08 pm

A NSW Aboriginal Rugby League knockout delegates’ meeting will be held in Sydney on Saturday, July 29. It will be held at the Community Centre in The Block, Redfern, starting at 11am. Redfern All Blacks spokesman Deal Widders has encouraged all teams to be represented at the meeting, if possible. Widders also advised teams to get in their entries as early as possible. The Knockout will be held at Leichhardt Oval, starting on Friday, September 29, and ending on Monday, October 2.

New online map shows Frontier Wars massacres

Newcastle Uni historian Conjoint Professor Lyndall Ryan.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017 10:06 am

MORE than 150 massacres of Aboriginal people during the Frontier Wars have been documented in an online digital map, created by University of Newcastle researchers. The online tool, which was launched today, records the massacre site locations, details of the massacres and sources corroborating evidence of the massacres. Developed by Newcastle Uni historian Conjoint Professor Lyndall Ryan, the map is a significant step in the recognition of the periods of violence in Australia’s history. The map is available at https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres

Thurston will miss rest of season

Friday, 23 June 2017 1:38 pm

JOHNATHAN Thurston is out of rugby league’s State of Origin decider and his National Rugby League (NRL) season is over. It was announced today that the Queensland and Cowboys great would  undergo shoulder surgery. Thurston battled bravely with the injury through Queensland’s Origin II win in Sydney on Wednesday night, kicking the winning conversion in the Maroons’ 18-16 come-from-behind win over NSW, but will now be sidelined for some months.

Purcell awarded major prize at Sydney Film Festival

Leah Purcell.
Monday, 19 June 2017 9:48 am

ACCLAIMED Aboriginal director, writer and performer Leah Purcell was awarded the 2017 Sydney-UNESCO City of Film Award at the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival last night. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to someone whose work stands for innovation, imagination and impact. In addition to the cash prize, Ms Purcell will be offered the opportunity to take a desk at ‘Charlie’s’, the hub for the Australian film-making community in Los Angeles.

Native Title Act amendments pass Senate

The Noongar people who won their Federal Court case regarding the Native Title Act, Margaret Culbong, Naomi Smith, Mingli McGlade and Meryn Eades.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 2:53 pm

CHANGES to the Native Title Act regarding Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) have passed the Senate, with Labor supporting the Government’s amendments. Changes to the Native Title Act were introduced earlier this year in response to a successful Federal Court challenge by four Noongar people that ruled all native title claimants must sign off on an ILUA. The Greens opposed the changes, insisting they were being rushed through to appease Indian mining Adani, whose ILUA on Wangan and Jagalingou land is the subject of four court actions.

Date set for Bowraville deaths hearing

A protest last year in Sydney urging a new hearing into the Bowraville deaths.
Thursday, 8 June 2017 3:06 pm

A hearing to determine whether there is fresh and compelling evidence to retry a man previously cleared of murdering Aboriginal youths in Bowraville, northern NSW, has been listed for November. The man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was acquitted of murdering Evelyn Greenup, 4, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, in late 1990 and early 1991. A judge has now set out a timetable for the application made to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal by state Attorney-General Mark Speakman seeking the retrial. The hearing is scheduled to start on November 28.

Cubillo named in national Under-19 basketball squad

Abby Cubillo
Thursday, 8 June 2017 8:54 am

Northern Territorian Abby Cubillo is in the Australian team for basketball’s Under-19 World Cup in Italy next month. The FIBA Under-19 World Cup will be held from July 22-30. Cubillo is the only Territorian in the side that is dominated by Victoria, with six selections. Cubillo was part of Australia’s first ever gold medal at the Under-17 World Championships last year, a tournament they went through undefeated.

Mabo Day celebrations held around the nation

A scene from the Mabo Day march held in Townsville.
Saturday, 3 June 2017 3:50 am

June 5: Thousands of people have turned out around Australia to mark Mabo Day, held on Saturday. The day commemorates the historic 1992 High Court decision overturning the legal fiction that Australia had been ‘empty land’ at the time of European arrival. It is named for the late Eddie Koiki Mabo, a man from Mer in the Torres Strait who became a champion for Indigenous land rights. Mabo Day was the final day of National Reconciliation Week, which this year had the theme ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

Kings Canyon protected from mining and fracking

Kings Canyon in Central Australia.
Friday, 2 June 2017 4:22 am

Traditional owners of the Northern Territory’s Watarrka National Park, which includes Kings Canyon, are celebrating after the land was ruled off limits for mining and fracking. The Central Land Council says the NT Government has declared a mineral and petroleum reserve over the park area. CLC director David Ross says traditional owners have rallied against mining for the past 15 years and opposed two exploration permit applications for the park in 2012. “It just goes to show what can be achieved with a persistent, patient and united campaign,” he said.