Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty

Barty powers into third round at Australian Open

ASHLEIGH Barty’s return to tennis is already a screaming success, last night sweeping into the third round of a grand slam for the first time. Barty set up her Australian Open round-three appearance with a convincing 7-5 6-1 win on over American Shelby Rogers. And she has a golden chance to make it into the fourth round, next facing German qualifier Mona Barthel, who upset Olympian champion Monica Puig. Barty returned to tennis early last year after a stint playing professional cricket, with the Australian Open her first major campaign since the 2014 US Open.

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Wyatt named Indigenous Health Minister

New federal Indigenous health and aged care Minister Ken Wyatt.
New federal Indigenous health and aged care Minister Ken Wyatt.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:13 am

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has named Western Australian Liberal MP Ken Wyatt, who has Wongi, Noongar and Yamatji heritage, the new Minister for Indigenous health and aged care, making him the first Indigenous federal minister. Hasluck MP Mr Wyatt, a former high-ranking public servant, was elevated from assistant Minister for health and aged care. “It is a great honour and privilege to have been asked by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to serve as Minister for Aged Care, and Minister for Indigenous Health,” Mr Wyatt said in a statement.

Moran selected for Jillaroos and All Stars

Caitlin Moran on the attack at the 2013 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout.
Caitlin Moran on the attack at the 2013 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 2:35 pm

RUGBY league player Caitlin Moran is in for a busy time… she’s been chosen to play for the Jillaroos against New Zealand in the Auckland Nines and the Indigenous All Stars team against the NRL Women’s All Stars. The two games are within a week of each other, with the Jillaroos playing in New Zealand on February 4 and the All Stars game in Newcastle on February 10.

New book explains ‘what justice will look like’

Michael Mansell.
Michael Mansell.
Friday, 13 January 2017 3:14 pm

IN his new book Treaty and Statehood – Aboriginal Self Determination, Michael Mansell discusses models for a seventh state – or First State for the First People, designated Aboriginal seats in parliament and a treaty. The Tasmanian Aboriginal lawyer, activist and secretary of the Aboriginal Provisional Government spent three years researching the book. “The book is for Aboriginal people who have a gut feeling that we have been denied justice and want to have someone explain what justice will look like,” he said.

Calls for action on Ms Dhu’s death

Carol and Della Roe, Ms Dhu’s grandmother and mother, outside the coroner's court in Perth.
Carol and Della Roe, Ms Dhu’s grandmother and mother, outside the coroner's court in Perth.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:19 pm

ABORIGINAL leaders want Western Australian authorities involved in the death of Ms Dhu prosecuted. The WA Coroner found the 22-year-old Aboriginal woman was treated inhumanely by police and her death could have been prevented. Ms Dhu died two days after being locked up at South Hedland Police Station in August 2014 for unpaid fines. The coroner found Ms Dhu’s death could have been prevented if her illness had been diagnosed earlier and she had been given antibiotics. National Congress co-chair Jackie Huggins says there should be prosecutions.

Human Rights Commission releases annual report

Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Robynne Quiggin.
Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Robynne Quiggin.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:21 am

The Australian Human Rights Commission has urged government to take heed of proposals from Indigenous Australians. The call, from Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Robynne Quiggin, comes with today’s release of the commission’s Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016. “We ask governments and policymakers to listen to, value and implement the practical solutions proposed by Indigenous Australians,” Ms Quiggin said. The report covers a range of issues, including deaths in custody and justice targets.

Judge finds police action on Palm Island was racist

A file picture of Palm Islander Lex Wotton, his mother Agnes, wife Cecelia and sister Fleur Wotton (behind) .
A file picture of Palm Islander Lex Wotton, his mother Agnes, wife Cecelia and sister Fleur Wotton (behind) .
Tuesday, 6 December 2016 1:57 pm

Queensland police officers were racist in their response to a death in custody and rioting more than 12 years ago, a Federal Court judge has found. Justice Debbie Mortimer awarded $220,000 in damages to Palm Island man Lex Wotton and two of his family members for the pain they endured in early-morning raids involving Special Emergency Response Team officers in November 2004. Mr Wotton, who was jailed, his wife and mother brought the groundbreaking racial discrimination class action on behalf of Palm Islanders.

‘Our Languages Matter’ theme for NAIDOC 2017

The Torres Strait Language Reference Group.
The Torres Strait Language Reference Group.
Monday, 7 November 2016 12:32 pm

THE National NAIDOC committee is calling for Indigenous artists to submit poster entries for next year’s theme Our Languages Matter. National NAIDOC committee co-chair Anne Martin said the theme will raise awareness about Indigenous languages. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything: law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food,” she said.

My Island Home added to Sounds of Australia

Christine Anu.
Christine Anu.
Thursday, 3 November 2016 3:29 pm

CHRISTINE Anu’s version of My Island Home is one of the 10 recordings added this year to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia registry. Anu, a Torres Strait Islander woman, covered the song to great acclaim and popularity in 1995 on her debut album Stylin’ Up. It was written by Neil Murray and originally performed by legendary Aboriginal rock group Warumpi Band. Sounds of Australia selects culturally, historically and aesthetically significant sounds.

New inquiry into Indigenous incarceration

Warren Mundine: "I just find this a joke."
Warren Mundine: "I just find this a joke."
Thursday, 27 October 2016 5:49 pm

FEDERAL Attorney-General George Brandis has announced a new inquiry into the high rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But the idea has already been slammed by both the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council Warren Mundine. “I just find this a joke, and I’m getting sick and tired of the crap that is coming out of this Government in regard to Indigenous Affairs,” Mr Mundine told Sky News.

Mundine set to fight Green in Adelaide next year

Anthony Mundine stands over Danny Green during their 2006 bout.
Anthony Mundine stands over Danny Green during their 2006 bout.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 3:28 pm

THE fight Anthony Mundine and Danny Green have been talking up for years is set for Adelaide Oval on February 3 next year. The bout will be fought at the catch-weight limit of 83kg, well up from the 76.2kg super middleweight limit from their previous meeting in 2006. Mundine, 41, says he will have to come up 13kg for the fight. In 2006 Mundine beat Green by a unanimous points decision and predicted a win by stoppage in the rematch, which is worth a reported $10 million each in prize money.