Indigenous squad skipper Ben Abbotangelo, left, with Tasmanian Ryan Lees.
Indigenous squad skipper Ben Abbotangelo, left, with Tasmanian Ryan Lees.

National development squad named for Top End Cricket Carnival

AUGUST 21: Australia’s most talented Indigenous cricketers have been selected in the preliminary 2014-15 National Indigenous Development Squad to contest the Top End Cricket Carnival in Darwin next month. The team will play a combination of 50-over and Twenty20 matches against sides representing ICC East Asia Pacific, Papua New Guinea and the Northern Territory from September 13-19. Games will be played at Northline Oval (Palmerston) and Marrara Cricket Ground and the Gardens Oval (Darwin). The Indigenous team will be led by Victorian Ben Abbatangelo and is made up of players who turned out for their states and territories at the 2014 Imparja Cup cricket carnival in Alice Springs.

 

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Priestley stars for Aussie Colts in world champs

Bundaberg youngster Tyrell Priestley, who is just back from competing for Australia at the world colts softball championships in Canada. Picture: Softball Australia
Bundaberg youngster Tyrell Priestley, who is just back from competing for Australia at the world colts softball championships in Canada. Picture: Softball Australia
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:07 am

BUNDABERG (Qld) lad Tyrell Priestley, 19, is back home after starring for Australia at the International Softball Federation’s junior men’s world championships in Whitehorse, Canada. The Aussie Colts had six wins from nine games and finished fourth behind the three teams that beat them along the way – Argentina, New Zealand and Japan. New Zealand won the tournament, beating Argentina 9-0 in the final, while Japan beat Australia 12-3 in the play-off for the bronze medal.

New tool to report racism launched in Victoria

A screen shot of the Report Racism website.
A screen shot of the Report Racism website.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 3:27 pm

AUSTRALIA’s first third-party racism reporting mechanism for the Aboriginal community has been launched in Victoria. The online tool, called Report Racism, enables people to report any incidence of racism, which may include racial discrimination, racially motivated crime or racially motivated incidents by anyone, including police. A trial for the online tool will be held in northern Melbourne and Shepparton. Reports can be made online at reportracism.com.au or through a reporting place, such as the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

Beale retains place for Bledisloe Cup clash

A file picture of Kurtley Beale in action.
A file picture of Kurtley Beale in action.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 2:47 pm

August 19: Kurtley Beale has retained his place in the Australian rugby union team to tackle the New Zealand All Blacks in their Bledisloe Cup must-win return game in Auckland on Saturday. Even after scoring all of Australia’s points in the 12-12 stalemate in Sydney last Saturday night, Beale was unsure if he had done enough to retain his spot as five-eighth ahead of NSW Waratahs teammate Bernard Foley. But Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie named an unchanged line-up for Saturday’s encounter.

 

Indigenous people missing out on health checks

Indigenous people are missing out on annual health checks.
Indigenous people are missing out on annual health checks.
Monday, 18 August 2014 3:07 pm

Many Indigenous people are missing out on health checks for which they are eligible, even though the number of health checks is rising, according to new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The data, released through the AIHW’s on-line Indigenous health check data tool, shows the total number of Indigenous health checks rose from about 71,400 to more than 122,000 between 2010-11 and 2012-13.

Dan Sultan a big winner at Indigenous music awards

Dan Sultan on stage.
Dan Sultan on stage.
Monday, 18 August 2014 8:34 am

JESSICA Mauboy might have been named Artist of the Year at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, but it was Dan Sultan who stole the show. The Arrernte/Gurindji rocker scooped up three awards at the NIMAs, winning plenty of applause from the crowd at Darwin’s George Green Amphitheatre on Friday night. Sultan took Song of the Year with The Same Man and the Album of the Year and Cover Art of the Year titles for Blackbird. Mauboy – a hometown favourite in Darwin – won the Artist of the Year crown for the second consecutive year.

Scullion warns parents over school attendance

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 8:59 am

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says that parents under the Remote Communities and Jobs Program in South Australia’s APY Lands whose children do not attend school will receive a financial penalty to their payment. Senator Scullion made the announcement about the pilot plan from Mimili in the APY Lands where he has been visiting local communities.

Albert right on target with win in Telstra Art Award

Tony Albert has won the Telstra National Indigenous Art Award for his work We Can Be Heroes.
Tony Albert has won the Telstra National Indigenous Art Award for his work We Can Be Heroes.
Saturday, 9 August 2014 10:06 am

AUGUST 9: It’s been a huge time for Queensland artist Tony Albert. Just weeks after claiming the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize for work using sport as its theme, he last night took out the $50,000 prize for overall best work at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Albert’s winning piece is a photographic work depicting a group of young Aboriginal men with large red targets painted on their chests. Titled We Can Be Heroes, it was inspired by the shooting of two Aboriginal boys in Kings Cross in 2012.

Barty ranked 186 in women’s singles

Ashleigh Barty, right, with tennis legend Evonne Goolagong.
Ashleigh Barty, right, with tennis legend Evonne Goolagong.
Thursday, 7 August 2014 3:20 pm

ASHLEIGH Barty has slipped two places to 186 in world tennis women’s singles rankings, but is ranked 22 in women’s doubles. In the prizemoney stakes, Barty comes in at 93, with earnings this year of $223,197, made up of $98,029 from singles, $117,202 from women’s doubles and $7966 from mixed doubles. The 18-year-old has career earnings of $881,710. This year she has won 20 singles games and lost 10, and won 21 doubles matches and lost seven.

Abbott abandons plans to change RDA

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014 4:19 pm

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has dumped planned changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. The proposed changes had been widely condemned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, ethnic, legal and social justice groups and human rights organisations as not providing strong enough protection against racism. Attorney General George Brandis’ draft changes included removing Section 18C, which makes it an offence to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people” because of their race, colour, national or ethic origin.

Wide-ranging Forrest review released

Billionaire miner Andrew Forrest.
Billionaire miner Andrew Forrest.
Friday, 1 August 2014 4:26 pm

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott and billionaire miner Andrew Forrest today released Mr Forrest’s review into Indigenous employment and training, Creating Parity. The report makes 27 recommendations, which Mr Forrest says if implemented in full will “end the disparity between Indigenous and other Australians”. However Mr Abbott has already ruled out one of the more contentious recommendations, extending income management to all people on welfare, except aged and veterans pensioners.