Queensland's Dane Gagai scores a try during Game 2 of the State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Queensland's Dane Gagai scores a try during Game 2 of the State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Gagai toast of Maroons after three tries in Origin win

NOT so long ago, critics thought he wasn’t worthy of Queensland rugby league selection. Now, three try hero Dane Gagai is in the State of Origin record books. The winger was the toast of the Maroons after crossing for a rare hat-trick to spark the Maroons’ series-winning 26-16 game two triumph in Brisbane last night. It sealed Queensland’s 10th series win in 11 years. Gagai became only the fourth Queenslander and seventh overall to cross for a record three tries in an Origin game. He now has five tries from three games – a better hit rate than Origin record try scorer Greg Inglis. Queensland captain Cameron Smith said Gagai had cemented his spot on the wing.

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Clancy makes Olympic team for Brazil games

Taliqua Clancy.  Picture: Peter Argent
Taliqua Clancy.  Picture: Peter Argent
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 2:25 pm

TALIQUA Clancy will become Australia’s first Indigenous Olympian in beach volleyball after her selection with Louise Bawden was ratified on Tuesday. Clancy, 23, and Bawden, 34, will enter the Rio Games as seventh seeds among the top 15 teams. Clancy hoped her selection would motivate other Indigenous athletes in the sport. “I’m really proud of it,” she said. “I’m starting to realise how special it is for me and my culture. I hope I can inspire people to dream and do things that haven’t been done before.”

Artists wanted for NSW Reconciliation Wall

Reconciliation Wall at NSW Parliament
Reconciliation Wall at NSW Parliament
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 2:56 pm

IN the lead up to NAIDOC Week, Aboriginal artists are being encouraged to connect with the Parliament of NSW’s Reconciliation Wall, an exhibition space within Parliament House dedicated to promoting Aboriginal art and expression. Individual artists, collectives, groups and organisations are all encouraged to apply to display an exhibition on the Reconciliation Wall, sponsored by their local Member of Parliament.

Turnbull refuses to consider treaty

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Thursday, 16 June 2016 4:45 pm

While a host of legal and constitutional experts have said there’s no reason Australia can’t pursue both a treaty with and constitutional recognition of Indigenous people, senior Turnbull Government figures apparently disagree. Earlier this week Labor Leader Bill Shorten said Australia needed to talk about a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis called Mr Shorten “reckless and dangerous” for his comments.

Indigenous peak bodies deliver Redfern Statement

National Congress co-chairs Rod Little and Jackie Huggins in Redfern.
National Congress co-chairs Rod Little and Jackie Huggins in Redfern.
Thursday, 9 June 2016 2:01 pm

INDIGENOUS peak bodies gathered in Sydney today to deliver the Redfern Statement to all political parties. The group, which includes the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Indigenous health, legal and disability organisations, has called for policy to be developed in partnership with Indigenous people. The Redfern Statement calls on all political parties to properly engage with and listen to Indigenous peak bodies, restore funding to Indigenous organisations and completely reset the relationship with Indigenous organisations.

Special administration for Larrakia Nation corporation

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016 4:52 am

Darwin’s Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation is now under special administration. Registrar of Indigenous Corporations Anthony Beven ordered the administration following ongoing strife at the corporation resulting in a request from a majority of directors. Larrakia Nation provides services including land care, rangers, and homelessness supports, and it also runs a Return to Home program, assisting Aboriginal people in Darwin get back to their home country. The special administration will continue for the rest of the year.

Bush Bands Program groups prepare for Bash

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Monday, 6 June 2016 3:51 pm

June 6: Six bands, including an all-female group, have been selected from 16 entries for this year’s Bush Bands Program. Run through Music NT, the six bands will participate in an intensive skills development camp – Bush Bands Business – before fronting crowds at this year’s 13th annual Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs on August 28. The 2016 Bush Bands are Lander River Band, Eastern Arrernte Band, Irruntyju Band , Iwantja Sunset Reggae, Kardajala Kirr-Darra (Sandhill Women), and Salt Lake Band.

Colourful ceremony at Batchelor graduation

The procession at this year’s Batchelor Institute graduation ceremony.
The procession at this year’s Batchelor Institute graduation ceremony.
Friday, 3 June 2016 5:05 am

JUNE 3: Indigenous students from a wide area of Australia received a range of awards at yesterday’s Batchelor Institute main graduation ceremony in the Northern Territory. The colourful ceremony, held at the Batchelor campus south of Darwin, included a procession and entertainment. Indigenous students received awards in subjects including media, business, the arts and health.

Queensland goes one-up in State of Origin series

Dane Gagai of the Maroons is tackled by James Maloney of the Blues.
Dane Gagai of the Maroons is tackled by James Maloney of the Blues.
Thursday, 2 June 2016 9:43 am

June 2: A try by Dane Gagai just before half-time was all Queensland needed to take a 1-0 lead in the 2016 rugby league State of Origin series last night at the Sydney Olympic Stadium. Queensland beat NSW 6-4, with all the points coming in the first half. Gagai’s try came against the run of play and turned a 2-4 deficit into a 6-4 lead. In the end it was a 15th minute Johnathan Thurston penalty goal that was the difference between the sides. It was a typical Origin match that lacked spectacular play, but was full of grit.

Labor selects Malarndirri McCarthy for Senate

Labor's NT Senate candidate Malarndirri McCarthy.
Labor's NT Senate candidate Malarndirri McCarthy.
Wednesday, 1 June 2016 9:37 am

June 1: Former Northern Territory Government minister Malarndirri McCarthy has won Labor pre-selection for the party’s top Senate spot in the NT at the July 2 election. The former journalist, a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria, was one of five candidates for the position. She was endorsed unanimously by the ALP’s national executive after incumbent senator Nova Peris, Australia’s first female Indigenous federal parliamentarian, quit politics, citing family reasons.

Miss NAIDOC Perth crowning ceremony May 28

Miss NAIDOC Perth 2016 entrants.
Miss NAIDOC Perth 2016 entrants.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:41 am

A group of 21 Indigenous women in Perth have undertaken six weeks of mentoring as part of Miss NAIDOC Perth, a leadership and empowerment program. This year’s participants are Talisha Bartlett, Angel Hayward, Savannah Skeen, Savannah Travia-Dann, Marion Slater, Talisia Bourne, Katrina Kelly, Shelley Cable, Renae King, Madalyn Mate`-Fisk, Rachel Tolentino, Shaylee Cole, Kristina Clark, Danielle Kickett, Ebony Garlett, Keneasha Lindsay, Tallulah Bieundurry, Courtney Eades, Allira Bolton, Emma Garlett and Brooke Blurton.