Elder Ben Taylor addresses the crowd at the Perth rally. Picture: Tash Nannup
Elder Ben Taylor addresses the crowd at the Perth rally. Picture: Tash Nannup

Huge support shown for remote Aboriginal communities with day of action

THOUSANDS of people joined protests in support of remote Western Australian Aboriginal communities on May 1. The WA Government has said it will not be able to fund municipal services to remote Aboriginal communities in perpetuity. Premier Colin Barnett has slightly softened his hardline stance on community closures in his state but Aboriginal people remain sceptical. Huge protests were staged around Australia and the world, with thousands more joining online action #SOSBlakAustralia

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Miranda Tapsell a double winner at the Logies

Double Logie winner Miranda Tapsell.
Double Logie winner Miranda Tapsell.
Monday, 4 May 2015 3:09 pm

Larrakia/Tiwi actor Miranda Tapsell picked up two honours at last night’s Logie Awards for Australian television. She was named Most Popular New Talent and won the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding Newcomer for her performances in the Nine Network drama series Love Child. Tapsell used her award speech to call for more diversity in Australian television.

Murphy stars for Jillaroos in rugby league Test clash

Mahalia Murphy with her Player of the Game medal.
Mahalia Murphy with her Player of the Game medal.
Monday, 4 May 2015 8:42 am

Debutante Mahalia Murphy, an Aboriginal woman, scored a hat-trick of tries for the Australian rugby league Jillaroos in their surprise win over New Zealand yesterday. But the news was not so good for the Australian men’s side, which included a record six Indigenous players. They went down to a strong Kiwis lineup.

Medical services still waiting on paperwork

NACCHO chair Matthew Cooke.
NACCHO chair Matthew Cooke.
Thursday, 23 April 2015 2:55 pm

THE National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has called on the Federal Health Department to urgently provide formal funding agreements to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, as promised more than a month ago. NACCHO chair Matthew Cooke said the three-year funding commitment made by Health Minister Sussan Ley and Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash in March was welcome but services were still waiting for formal paperwork and could not make ongoing commitments for staff and health service delivery without it.

Stolen Wages breakthrough in Queensland

Manny Ross, between Torres Strait Islander identical twins Arthur and Paul Ahwang, at the Stolen Wages meeting in Townsville in January.
Manny Ross, between Torres Strait Islander identical twins Arthur and Paul Ahwang, at the Stolen Wages meeting in Townsville in January.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 3:58 pm

THE Queensland Government has committed to paying outstanding Stolen Wages to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander claimants from a $21 million compensation fund it will create. Around 7500 Indigenous Queenslanders still have Stolen Wages money owing from when they worked as virtual slaves. Some have been paid a part of their Stolen Wages claims but all are now elderly and many frail, fearing they may die before the remainder is forthcoming.

Gillespie to coach Adelaide Strikers for Big Bash

Jason Gillespie with a bronze statue of himself at its unveiling at the Adelaide Oval in 2010.
Jason Gillespie with a bronze statue of himself at its unveiling at the Adelaide Oval in 2010.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:21 pm

FORMER Test cricketer Jason Gillespie has been appointed coach of the Adelaide Strikers for next two T20 Big Bash League seasons. Gillespie, a veteran of 71 Tests for Australia and the current coach of English County Championship division one side Yorkshire, accepted the position to return to his home state of South Australia for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 summers. “An opportunity to coach in my home town is an exciting opportunity,” the 39-year-old former fast bowler said.

Thousands show support for remote communities

Protesters at Belmore Park, Sydney, on Friday. Picture: Sabine Kacha
Protesters at Belmore Park, Sydney, on Friday. Picture: Sabine Kacha
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:48 am

THOUSANDS of people rallied in Sydney and Melbourne on Friday in support of remote Aboriginal communities. In Melbourne around 4000 people brought traffic to a standstill outside Flinders St Station, in the CBD. In Sydney protests marched from Belmore Park, near Central Railway Station to Redfern. On Monday, the South Australian and Federal governments announced that they had come to a funding agreement for services to remote Aboriginal communities.

Djuki Mala donates $10,000 to help after cyclones

Djuki Mala (formerly the Chooky Dancers). Picture: Sean Young
Djuki Mala (formerly the Chooky Dancers). Picture: Sean Young
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 5:54 pm

ELCHO Island dance theatre group Djuki Mala (formerly the Chooky Dancers) is donating $10,000 to remote communities affected by cyclones Lam and Nathan, it was announced today at an event in Darwin. Comprised of Yolngu men from Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala have made significant personal donations, coupled with the generous support from the audiences of their Adelaide Fringe Festival season in March, that will go to the ‘Hands Up for Arnhem Land’ appeal, which is raising money for the clean-up effort on the island.

New sculpture pays tribute to Indigenous Diggers

Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall, a new public artwork by Tony Albert.
Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall, a new public artwork by Tony Albert.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:25 am

Girramay artist Tony Albert’s dramatic sculpture featuring marble and steel bullets and shell casings has been unveiled in Hyde Park as a tribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. 
YininmadyemiThou didst let fall features four seven-metre tall, 1.5-tonne bullets and three fallen shells to represent the Diggers who returned to Australia and those who lost their lives. 

The $500,000 public artwork was commissioned by the City of Sydney as part of its Eora Journey program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Billy Gordon resigns from Labor party

Queensland MP Billy Gordon.
Queensland MP Billy Gordon.
Monday, 30 March 2015 8:56 am

Queensland Aboriginal MP Billy Gordon has resigned from the Labor Party after revelations about his criminal history and allegations regarding domestic abuse. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called on Mr Gordon to resign from Parliament, which would bring on a byelection in the northern seat of Cook and, possibly, a change of government. “I recognise that my own personal circumstances are no excuse for my non-disclosure, however from this troubled and fractured past I’ve managed to piece together a positive and constructive life,” he said.

Government reverses cuts to legal services

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services chair Shane Duffy.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services chair Shane Duffy.
Thursday, 26 March 2015 3:21 pm

NATIONAL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) have welcomed the announcement by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department that the announced funding cuts to the legal assistance sector have been reversed. NATSILS chair Shane Duffy said he was thrilled by the announcement. “While the announcement today is welcomed, the government also needs to know that the funding provided is not enough to meet the legal needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” he said.