Dean Widders.

Koori Knockout to be held at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney

FOR the second year running, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, will host the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival. It will again be hosted by the Redfern All Blacks (RAB) and will be on October 6, 7, 8 and 9. RAB board member and spokesman Dean Widders said confirmation of the venue for the 2017 Knockout had been delayed because the old Leichhardt Council had been involved in amalgamation with other councils. The new Inner West Council, made up of the former Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville councils, approved the Knockout last night. Widders said now that approval had been obtained, it was full steam ahead with planning. He said the Knockout would follow the tradition of past knockouts, but organisers were looking at ways of improving it.

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Brandis intervens in challenge to Adani mine

Adrian Burragubba.
Thursday, 18 May 2017 8:55 am

FEDERAL Attorney-General George Brandis has intervened in a court case brought by Aboriginal woman Delia Kemppi challenging an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Indian mining giant Adani. There is to be a directions hearing today in the Federal Court but Senator Brandis has asked the Court to not make a ruling and wait for the political process around the amendments to the Native Title Act. Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said Senator Brandis’ actions showed he was working in Adani’s interests.

Changes to Native Title Act stalled

Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.
Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:32 pm

THE Opposition has refused to support Attorney-General George Brandis’s attempt to rush through changes to native title legislation through the Senate. Northern Territory Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy accused the Government of disrespecting traditional owners by rushing through changes without consultation. Senator Brandis moved to suspend the Senate’s schedule today to bring debate on for proposed changes to native title laws. But Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers voted against the motion to rush through the changes.

We don’t need a map to open Sydney Film Festival

Film director Warwick Thornton.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:13 pm

ACCLAIMED Aboriginal director Warwick Thornton’s new documentary We Don’t Need a Map will open this year’s Sydney Film Festival at the State Theatre on Wednesday, June 7. Mr Thornton, whose previous films include Samson and Delilah, will also speak at the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, June 11, about the themes of his film, which investigates Australia’s relationship with the Southern Cross, from astronomy to Indigenous spirituality, and colonial history to the present day.

Native title rights, not mining rights: McCarthy

Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 9:00 am

NT Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy has said she has real concerns about the Turnbull Government’s approach to amending the Native Title Act, which is due to be debated in the Senate this week. “This process in the Senate must be about native title rights not mining rights. I have real concerns about what the genuine purpose of these amendments are. If it is about making sure traditional owners across Australia have some sense of certainty then that’s important, if it’s not about that, then have no doubt that Labor will be questioning every element of that process.”

Seed concerned about changes to Native Title Act

Indigenous youth environmental network Seed has a message for the Federal Government.
Monday, 8 May 2017 9:51 am

Volunteers from the Seed Youth Indigenous Climate Network sent a candlelit message from the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra, to the Turnbull Government: Land rights, not mining rights, ahead of a vote in Parliament this week about changes to the Native Title Act. Seed national co-director Larissa Baldwin said the group believed the Government was looking after the mining industry. “We’re highly concerned that changes to Native Title will be quietly rushed through Parliament this week while there is excess noise about the federal budget,” she said.

Five Indigenous women in Jillaroos squad

Nakia Davis-Welsh.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 3:17 pm

Nakia Davis-Welsh could debut for Australia when the Jillaroos take on the New Zealand Ferns as part of the Anzac rugby league test match double header in Canberra on Friday, May 5. She will join other Indigenous players Caitlin Moran, Simone Smith, Rebecca Riley and Rebecca Young in the Jillaroos squad. Coach Brad Donald today named a strong squad of 25 women for the Anzac Test. The squad will assemble in camp on the Gold Coast tomorrow to undergo preparations before the final team is named on Sunday, April 30.

Turnbull discusses native title with Adani

Gautam Adani meets with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in India.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 3:42 pm

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with the chairman of mining giant Adani, Gautam Adani, in India, reportedly promising him that the issue of native title in Australia will soon be settled. Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland has been affected by a Federal Court decision that ruled all native title applicants must sign off on an Indigenous Land Use Agreement. Amendments to the Native Title Act were withdrawn from the Senate last week after Labor withdrew its support.

Roach recognised for services to music

Archie Roach. Picture: Wayne Quilliam
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:26 am

ARICHIE Roach will be awarded for his outstanding services to Australian music at next week’s APRA Awards. He will receive the Ted Albert Award. Roach released his debut album Charcoal Lane in 1990, featuring the song Took The Children Away, which documents the story of the Stolen Generations and his story of being taken from his family. The APRA Awards take place in Sydney next Monday, April 3, and will feature performances from Paul Kelly with A.B. Original & Dan Sultan, Kate Miller-Heidke and Busby Marou.

Davis appointed to new role at UNSW

Professor Megan Davis outside the UN Building in New York. Picture: Andrzej Liguz
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 2:12 pm

Law Professor Megan Davis, a Cobble Cobble woman from the Barrungam nation in south-west Queensland, has been appointed as UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous. She will take up the role on June 1 after her obligations in leading the Referendum Council Aboriginal Constitutional Dialogues are fulfilled. In her new role, Prof Davis will have overall responsibility for ensuring that UNSW delivers on its agenda for Indigenous students. Her research work is targeted at law reform in the areas of constitutional law and violence against Aboriginal women.

St Mary’s take on Wanderers in grand final

St Mary’s player Jack Long salutes the crowd after last year’s NTFL grand final.  Picture: Peter Argent
Thursday, 16 March 2017 2:48 pm

FOR the third straight year, St Mary’s and Wanderers are to square off in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) men’s Premier League grand final. The big game will be at TIO Stadium, Darwin, on Saturday night. Last year the Muk Muks were favourites, but St Mary’s ‘Green Machine’ stole a thriller by two points.