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) .

Judge finds Queensland Police action on Palm Island was racist

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, which alleged police failures after Cameron (Mulrunji) Doomadgee’s death would not have happened in a non-isolated community that wasn’t mainly Aboriginal.

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‘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.

‘I am young, I am gay, I am black,’ says Paech

Member for Namatjira Chansey Paech.
Member for Namatjira Chansey Paech.
Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:52 am

NEWLY elected member for Namatjira Chansey Paech, 28, made his first speech in the Northern Territory parliament this week. “I am young, I am gay, I am black; a true blue Territorian,” he said. “I am eternally proud of who I am and where I come from, I own it and wear it with pride. I am a Centralian man. I am the son of a proud Aboriginal woman and a man who was a proud product of multiculturalism, a German immigrant.”  Mr Paech, from Alice Springs, used his speech to support same-sex marriage and the constitutional recognition of Indigenous people.

Mason the NT Businesswoman of the Year

Andrea Mason.
Andrea Mason.
Friday, 7 October 2016 12:42 pm

ANDREA Mason, chief executive of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, has been named the 2016 Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year. Ms Mason has devoted her career to helping Aboriginal people through employment, workforce planning, tenancy management and negotiating reconciliation plans. She is also the winner of the 2016 Telstra Northern Territory Business Women’s For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award.

Murri Rugby League Carnival in Redcliffe

From the Cherbourg Hornets Women are, from left, Erica Duncan, Sophia Fisher and Lenice Duncan.
From the Cherbourg Hornets Women are, from left, Erica Duncan, Sophia Fisher and Lenice Duncan.
Friday, 23 September 2016 2:39 pm

THE 2016 Murri Rugby League Carnival is off to a flying start at Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe, Queensland. This year’s carnival featured 21 open men’s teams, nine open women’s teams and a boys’ under 15 competition. The final day of the carnival will be tomorrow, Saturday, September 24. For more action check out the Koori Mail’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/koorimail/?ref=bookmarks

McCarthy calls for stop to plebiscite

Malarndirri McCarthy delivers her maiden speech in the Senate.
Malarndirri McCarthy delivers her maiden speech in the Senate.
Thursday, 15 September 2016 8:33 am

LABOR senator Malarndirri McCarthy has pleaded with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop the planned marriage equality plebiscite. In her first speech to Parliament tonight, the new Indigenous senator from the Northern Territory spoke of a female relative who committed suicide because of the difficulty of reconciling her sexual identity with her strong Aboriginal culture. Supporters in the public gallery cheered and waved the Aboriginal flag during her speech.

Amanda Reid takes silver medal at Rio Paralympics

Amanda Reid after finishing second at the Paralympic Games.
Amanda Reid after finishing second at the Paralympic Games.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 9:06 am

September 14: Sydney cyclist Amanda Reid posted a personal best time to claim the silver medal in the C1-2-3 500m time trial at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 19-year-old C2 competitor was the second from last on the start order and she flew over the two laps to clock 40.354 seconds, slashing two seconds from the C2 Paralympic Games record. But the final rider just pipped her for the gold medal.

Tony Birch wins Victorian Premier’s Literary Award

Tony Birch has won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing.
Tony Birch has won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing.
Friday, 9 September 2016 3:27 pm

Melbourne author Tony Birch has been named the winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing 2016 for his novel Ghost River. Birch received $25,000 for his book, a coming-of-age story that is firmly anchored in Melbourne. Ghost River centres on two unlikely young friends, Ren and Sonny, who find freedom and adventure along the winding banks of the Yarra River. Birch’s novel, which is published by University of Queensland Press, was chosen from a shortlist of three books from a total of 37 entries.