Dan Sultan won the 2014 ARIA award for Best Rock Album.
Dan Sultan won the 2014 ARIA award for Best Rock Album.

Sultan and Gurrumul win ARIA awards.

NOVEMBER 26: Dan Sultan’s album Blackbird won Best Rock Album at the 2014 Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) awards last night. “I think we kind of hoped, but you don’t take anything for granted,” he said after the win. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra won the award for Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album. Sultan performed at the awards ceremony at The Star, Sydney, as did popstar Jessica Mauboy.

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Michael Bailey joins Perth Scorchers

Michael Bailey.
Michael Bailey.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:30 pm

WA’s Imparja Cup-winning captain Michael Bailey is the newest Perth Scorchers signing, joining the club for the 2014-15 KFC Big Bash League on a community rookie contract. Bailey, a Clontarf Foundation mentor, was selected through a series of trials that provided opportunities for players from rural communities, low socio-economic areas and Indigenous and non-English-speaking backgrounds to showcase their talents in a bid for the single community rookie contract.

Pathways expand for Indigenous cricketers

National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee co-chairs Aaron Briscoe, left, and John Bannon at the SCG.
National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee co-chairs Aaron Briscoe, left, and John Bannon at the SCG.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 4:30 pm

PATHWAYS for Indigenous cricketers in NSW and the ACT are set to be expanded following the formation of an advisory committee led by rugby union legend Mark Ella. Members of the NSW-ACT Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee were introduced at a function at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the tea break in the fifth and final one-day international between Australia and South Africa on Sunday. Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia hosted an event to launch the National Indigenous Cricket Strategy and the Australian Cricket Reconciliation Action Plan.

Funding announcements delayed

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Monday, 24 November 2014 6:30 pm

FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion announced today that grants under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy would take more time to assess. Senator Scullion said there had been an overwhelming response to the first grant funding round, with more than 500 applications received. He said outcomes from the round would be known by early March 2015.

Concerns raised about heritage in WA

Traditional owners on the steps of WA Parliament House yesterday.
Traditional owners on the steps of WA Parliament House yesterday.
Friday, 21 November 2014 4:51 pm

MORE than 70 traditional owners  – representing each region of Western Australia – converged on Parliament yesterday in a show of solidarity against the State Government’s proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. The delegation met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier, Nationals MP Brendon Grylls and Labor MP Ben Wyatt to voice their concerns and presented a petition signed by more than 1600 people.

Corroboree Sydney launched today

The Gurung parade for Corroboree Sydney. Picture: James Morgan.
The Gurung parade for Corroboree Sydney. Picture: James Morgan.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 5:20 pm

NEARLY 3000 children walked through Sydney’s CBD today in the Gurung Parade to launch Corroboree Sydney, a festival showcasing contemporary and traditional Indigenous arts and culture. Gurung means ‘child’ in the languages of the Eora nation. Also as part of the Festival launch, tomorrow evening will see a Firelight Ceremony take place at Circular Quay on the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Report shows improved economic outlook

National Congress of Australia's First People's CEO Geoff Scott.
National Congress of Australia's First People's CEO Geoff Scott.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 9:35 am

THE 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report released today by the Productivity Commission shows some positive trends in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, with improvements in health, education and economic outcomes. However, results in areas such as justice and mental health continue to cause concern. The steering committee working group was headed by Productivity Commissioner Patricia Scott and included National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples CEO Geoff Scott.

NSW Koori Knockout to be held in Dubbo

Walgett AC, winners of the 2014 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Naomi Moran
Walgett AC, winners of the 2014 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Naomi Moran
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 9:09 am
DUBBO is to host the 2015 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival. It will be held at Caltex Oval from Friday, October 2 to Monday, October 5. The 2015 Knockout will be hosted by Walgett Aboriginal Connection (AC) following their 28-16 win over the Newcastle All Blacks in the final of the 2014 Knockout at Raymond Terrace. Dubbo was one of four cities vying for the right to host the 2015 Knockout – the others being Bathurst, Wagga and Albury.

Mundine back on track for world title tilt

Anthony Mundine celebrates his split points win over Sergey Rabchenko in Melbourne last night.
Anthony Mundine celebrates his split points win over Sergey Rabchenko in Melbourne last night.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 9:57 am

ANTHONY Mundine wound back the clock last night to outclass Belarusian boxer Sergey Rabchenko and keep alive his dream of another world title. The Australian veteran used his experience and ring smarts at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena to nullify his younger opponent’s power and win on a split points decision. The victory gave the 39-year-old the WBC silver light middleweight title and moved him closer to a fight with American pound-for-pound king and WBC light middleweight title holder Floyd Mayweather.

Central Land Council rejects nuclear waste dump

Central Land Council director David Ross.
Central Land Council director David Ross.
Friday, 7 November 2014 3:32 pm

A MEETING of the Northern Territory Central Land Council (CLC) this week did not nominate a site for a nuclear waste management facility. Earlier this week 85 CLC delegates considered the outcomes of consultations with the traditional owners of an area in the Tanami region about a proposed site for such a facility. At the meeting traditional owners expressed their dissatisfaction with the federal government’s nomination process for a proposed nuclear waste management facility and with the lack of detailed information.

Aboriginal Elders take out NT Awards

Warlpiri Elder Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson.
Warlpiri Elder Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson.
Thursday, 6 November 2014 4:22 pm

ARRERNTE Alyawarre woman Rosalie Kunoth-Monks has been named 2015 Northern Territory Australian of the Year for her work as a humanitarian. And Warlpiri Elder Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson, from Yuendumu, has been named the NT Senior Australian of the Year. Ms Kunoth‐Monks has been a government adviser, an interpreter, an environmental campaigner and has chaired or contributed to many boards and councils devoted to Indigenous issues.