McCarthy calls for stop to plebiscite
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.
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.
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.
Three Indigenous players in AFL All Australian team
Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli, who has been named in the 2016 AFL All Australian team.
Friday, 2 September 2016 9:25 am
Three Indigenous players are in the new-look Australian Football League (AFL) All Australian team named last night. They are Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans), Eddie Betts (Adelaide Crows) and Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn Hawks). Minor premiers Sydney dominated the All Australian selection, supplying almost a quarter of the players. Small forward Betts has been a standout for the Crows this season while Franklin is back to his best and is Sydney’s leading goalkicker. Rioli has been outstanding for the Hawks as they press for another major premiership.
First Indigenous female MP delivers maiden speech
Wearing a cloak, Linda Burney delivers her maiden speech in Federal Parliament.
Thursday, 1 September 2016 3:11 am
The first Indigenous female MP elected to the House of Representatives has delivered the opening of her maiden speech in her native language. Labor’s Linda Burney, a former NSW MP and Minister, wore a cloak showing her Wiradjuri clan and personal totems as she said that while the Aboriginal part of her story was important, she would not be stereotyped or pigeon-holed. “These lands are, always were and always will be Aboriginal land,” Ms Burney, the Shadow Minister for Human Services, told Parliament.
Peak bodies outline hopes, concerns in Canberra
Peak body representatives at Parliament House, Canberra.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 8:44 am
Peak Aboriginal organisations gathered among a ‘sea of hands’ at Parliament House, Canberra, yesterday to outline their concerns and hopes for the new Federal Government. Priorities included more funding for legal and justice services and health reforms. Among those attending were Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt (Liberal) and Labor’s Linda Burney, Patrick Dodson and Malarndirri McCarthy.
All Stars football to be played in Newcastle
Sam Thaiday in action for the Indigenous All Stars versus the World All Stars in February this year.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:55 am
NEWCASTLE in the NSW Hunter Valley will host the Rugby League All Stars matches on February 10 next year. Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council chair Linda Burney said next year’s All Stars would mark an important milestone as the first time the event would be played outside of Queensland. General public tickets are now on sale.
Mills fires up Boomers to do their best
Patty Mills, in front of an artwork by kids from the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, in the Australian Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro.
Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:32 am
A YEAR ago, almost to the day, Patty Mills had had enough of his Australian teammates simply wondering about their prospects at the Rio Olympics. “He stood up and said ‘No, we’re going to go and get the gold medal’,” recalled coach Andrej Lemanis. “It really gave us that sharp edge and focus to say ‘Hell yeah, we are good enough to do it’.” His message went global today after the Boomers crushed basketball heavyweights Lithuania 90-64 in the quarter-finals.
Redfern AMS celebrates 45 years
Redfern AMS chair Sol Bellear with young patient Rosie Harris.
Friday, 12 August 2016 4:58 pm
THE Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) recently celebrated 45 years with a panel Q and A at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney. As part of the celebrations a portrait of chief executive Naomi Mayers was unveiled. Redfern AMS was established in 1971 as a volunteer organisation. Redfern AMS is planning a new partnership with the Sydney Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council to set up a rehabilitation centre. Redfern AMS chair Sol Bellear said the service intends to set up a drug and alcohol rehab service on land owned by the land council.
National Children’s Day celebrated today
In Collie, WA, are Suzanne Mumford, Joyce Dimer and Julie-Ann Dowdell.
Thursday, 4 August 2016 10:21 am
TODAY is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, with events planned across the country to celebrate the strength, resilience and joy of Indigenous children. Children’s Day is held on August 4 each year and is coordinated by SNAICC, the peak body representing Indigenous kids and this year’s theme is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping Indigenous kids feel connected and proud in culture. If you’re celebrating Children’s Day on social media, you can use #ChildrensDay2016 #WeAllBelong and #SNAICC