Nakia Davis-Welsch, one of five Indigenous Jillaroos to contest the Women’s Rugby League World Cup next month.

Four Indigenous women make Jillaroos squad for rugby league world cup

FIVE Indigenous players are in the Australian Jillaroos squad of 24 that will defend the Women’s Rugby League World Cup starting in Sydney on November 16. They are Caitlin Moran and Rebecca Young (North Newcastle) and Redfern All Blacks Nakia Davis-Welsh and Lavina O’Mealey. All four will be making their World Cup debuts in a squad that includes 16 World Cup debutants. The Jillaroos’ opening match will be against the Cook Islands at Endeavour Field, in Sydney’s south. The Women’s Rugby League World Cup is being played for the first time concurrently with the Men’s World Cup and both finals on the same stage as a double-header in Brisbane on December 2.

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Girls from Don Dale share stories through art

The waterfalls remind me of my grandfather’s country, where the water is so blue. It reminds me of family. The serpent is the creator.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 3:56 pm

TO mark the International Day of the Girl, October 11, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has released a series of art works created by girls from the Don Dale Detention Centre.  The series of six paintings and accompanying personal statements provide insight into the lives of girls in detention. The paintings express their feelings about detention, separation from family and kin and hopes about returning home. Artworks at

A.B. Original nominated for six ARIA awards

Trials and Briggs at this year’s Invasion Day protest in Brisbane.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:09 pm

A.B. Original’s album Reclaim Australia has earned the hip hop duo six ARIA award nominations. The duo, made up of Briggs and Trials, won the 12th Australian Music Prize this year and the album’s lead single January 26 reached #16 on triple j’s Hottest 100. Jessica Mauboy also secured six nominations including best female artist, making it seven consecutive years of ARIA nominations. Dan Sultan is in the running for three awards. Archie Roach and Busby Marou have both been nominated for Best Blues and Roots Album.

The people choose Jack Charles

Anh Do’s portrait of Jack Charles.
Thursday, 5 October 2017 10:41 am

The first thing Anh Do ever heard about Jack Charles was that he was an “esteemed actor, former heroin addict and jailbird, member of the Stolen Generations, gay man and latter-day Indigenous activist”. The painter, comedian and author captured Uncle Jack in paint, in a session for ABC TV’s Anh’s Brush with Fame. The portrait was yesterday announced yesterday this year’s Archibald Prize People’s Choice at the NSW Art Gallery. Uncle Jack said the experience in Do’s “sexy little Sydney studio” had been a “hoot”.

Goodes receives honorary degree from Sydney Uni

Adam Goodes in the Sydney University Great Hall.
Friday, 29 September 2017 11:50 am

Adnyamathanha and Narungga man Adam Goodes, former Australian of the year, human rights advocate and sports star, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences for his outstanding contribution to Australian society. Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence awarded Adam Goodes a Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa) in a ceremony at the University’s Great Hall yesterday. Goodes emphasised the importance of education during his address to graduates.

Plan to grow women’s AFL comp to 14 teams

Adelaide Crows players Jasmine Anderson, left, and Tayla Thorn with AFL legend Andrew McLeod. Anderson and Thorn played in the inaugural AFL women’s competition this year.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 4:14 pm

THE Australian Football League (AFL) women’s competition will expand to 14 teams for the 2020 season, with North Melbourne and Geelong to lead the charge in 2019. Richmond, West Coast, St Kilda and Gold Coast will join the competition in 2020 under an ambitious plan announced by AFL chief Gillon McLachlan today. Hawthorn and Essendon had their applications knocked back by the AFL Commission but could be added as early as 2021. Port Adelaide and Sydney are yet to apply for a licence but it’s expected they will eventually follow the lead of rival clubs.

Thornton’s Sweet Country wins prizes at film festivals

Warwick Thorton.
Thursday, 21 September 2017 9:37 am

ABORIGINAL director Warwick Thornton and his film Sweet Country have had a major win at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. It came just days after taking the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Sweet Country was named as the Toronto Film Festival’s Platform winner, a prize championing directors from around the world. The film is set in the Northern Territory’s MacDonnell Ranges in the 1920s and stars Hamilton Morris as an Aboriginal stockman who kills a white station owner (played by Ewen Leslie) in self-defence.

Men’s cricket squad gearing up for England

The national Indigenous men’s cricket squad in Brisbane.
Thursday, 14 September 2017 3:05 pm

AUSTRALIA’S most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian, who next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

Parrtjima festival to light up Alice Springs

Artist Hubert Pareroultja. Picture: James Horan for AGB Events
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 1:31 pm

A NEW installation and expanded program of events has been announced for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, the celebration of central Australian art and culture illuminating Alice Springs from Friday, September 22, to Sunday, October 1. The festival hub Apurte-irretyeke (Getting Together) will come to life with live talks, events and music. In addition to the installations and illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, Medicine Space (Awelya-akerte Apmere [Medicine Country]) is a new installation featuring artwork by Artists of Ampilatwatja.

Barty through to third round at US Open

Ashleigh Barty.
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 3:07 pm

Ashleigh Barty is into the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open Tennis Championships in New York after beating Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 7-6 (9-7). Barty breezed through the first set but was pushed to the limit in the second, winning after a hard-fought tie-break. She earlier defeated the 21st seed, Croat Ana Konjuh, in three sets. Barty and Casey Dellacqua will play their first doubles match tomorrow.

Call to put an end to NT Intervention

Dr Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra.
Friday, 25 August 2017 3:38 pm

A GROUP of eminent Australians is calling on the Federal Government to end discriminatory policies in the Northern Territory. Their statement says that 10 years of the NT Intervention is too long. Yolngu Elder Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra will be one of the speakers at an event at Melbourne  University Law School on Monday, August 28, along with former NT Australian of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, supporting a statement illustrating the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Indigenous people.