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• A NORTHERN Territory police officer who shot dead an Indigenous teenager recorded more use-of-force incidents than a randomised sample of his fellow graduates, an inquest has been told. The inquest into Kumanjayi Walker’s death resumed on Thursday in Alice Springs, more than 18 months after it began.

• ELEVEN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have flown into Kathmandu today (February 28) to tackle Earth’s highest mountain. The Blak Trekkers – Dr Clinton Schultz, David and Emma Williams, Kristal Kinsela, Kevin O’Brien, Kyel Dancey, Jeremy Donovan, Joshua Creamer, Elliot Wilson, Jyi Lawton and Jeremy Thomason – are a dedicated group of friends who will spend seven days in early March walking to Everest South Base Camp in Nepal.


• NUMBER 1 wicket-keeper Emma Manix-Geeves from lutruwita-Tasmania have won a third consecutive Women’s National Cricket League title after defeating a gallant Queensland in nipaluna-Hobart at the weekend.

• TARRYN Thomas faces a mountain of work and a re-set of his behaviour toward women if he is ever to set foot back in the AFL following his suspension from football last week. The AFL has said Thomas was found guilty of several breaches of the AFL Rule 2.3(a) (Conduct Unbecoming).

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The Indigenous All-Stars celebrate victory in Townsville. Picture: Joseph Mayers Photography.

All-Stars deliver on defence to break deadlock

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 2:02 am

ONE of the best defensive performances where attacking football was the original default setting has delivered Australia’s First Nations rugby league team the Indigenous All-Stars a solid 22-14 victory over their Māori counterparts in Townsville.

Far from the free-flowing attacking football fans at Townsville Stadium were perhaps hoping for in the annual pre-season representative match, gutsy goal-line defensive work earned the Indigenous side their victory as they withstood a Māori barrage in wet, humid and slippery conditions.

Two tries in 10 minutes by winger Josh Addo-Carr got his side an early lead, but it was the playmaking of teammate and five-eighth Braydon Trindall that saw him win the Preston Campbell Medal for best afield.

Indigenous All-Stars captain Latrell Mitchell said his side showed an unexpected…

Dunghutti teenager Jai Wright.

Inquest leads to charges

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 2:01 am

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned the following story and image includes a deceased person.

A COURT decision to lay criminal charges on the police officer whose unmarked police car collided with and killed Dunghutti teenager Jai Kalani Wright has been welcomed by Jai’s family and lawyers.

The teenager died two years ago after the police officer’s car collided with the trail bike that Jai was riding.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) charged the officer with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

The charges came about after a coronial inquest into Jai’s death was paused by State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan, who referred the matter to the ODPP.

Jai died on February 20, 2022 after the…

Canisha performs live.

Canisha isn’t scared to shine

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 1:59 am

WITH her debut EP Don’t Be Scared just released, Naarm (Melbourne) based singer Canisha looks set for a bright future as she prepares for a performance with Jessica Mauboy at the upcoming Treaty Day Out.

The album’s six songs that blend soul, funk and pop have been released on First Nations record label Bad Apples Music.

The Trawlwoolway and Wiradjuri artist told the Koori Mail that she started her musical journey in 2021 busking on the streets of Naarm.

“I started busking in 2021 in lockdown,” she said.

“I just decided to buy some busking equipment, because I had a lot of time. And I was singing a lot and I was learning guitar.”

Canisha said that while she had the desire to busk, at first, she didn’t have the confidence.

“I used to sit on the ground when I first…

Eel skins hung out to dry. Picture: Don.

Get a feel for eel at Lake Bolac

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 1:58 am

MAKING a musical instrument out of eel is just one of the unusual activities in store at the 14th Lake Bolac Eel Festival this March.

Buluk (Lake Bolac), in the Western District of Victoria, is sacred to the First Nations people of the area who would traditionally host a large gathering of clans for the eel season when the eels began their migration from the lake to the sea to spawn.

This time was known as kuyang (eel) season. At Buluk, the Aboriginal clans harvested the eels, traded and held ceremonies, prior to colonial invasion.

While the Lake Bolac Eel Festival we know today attracts people from all walks of life, it began in 2005 when Warumpi Band member Neil Murray (from Lake Bolac), proposed a walk from Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve and Forest, back to the Country from which their ancestors had been…

Zeppelin Hamilton and Clayton Allen are Velvet Trip.

Getting trippy with sons of blues

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 1:57 am

VELVET Trip is the unforgettable name of rising Sydney blues-psychedelic music duo Zeppelin Hamilton and Clayton Allen, who have just released their highly-anticipated debut album Harmony Blooms.

Zeppelin, a Wiradjuri man, is a multi- instrumentalist, actor, model, and producer who grew up on the beautiful Bundjalung Country in Byron Bay, Northern NSW.

In his youth, Zeppelin experienced the soul of blues all around him as musicians like Ironing Board Sam, who collaborated with Jimi Hendrix, and Blues Hall-of-Famer Ardie Dean regularly visited the Hamilton family home, sharing their knowledge, influencing and inspiring the youngster.

Zeppelin, always an avid guitarist, worked at Subway in Ballina, NSW as a teen and would hitchhike to his workplace, eventually saving enough money to move to Gadigal Country (Sydney) with his Stratocaster…

Emma Manix-Geeves.

Emma Manix-Geeves shares in Tasmania’s third consecutive national cricket title

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 1:56 am

WICKET-KEEPER Emma Manix-Geeves has shared in Tasmania’s third consecutive national cricket title and the coveted Ruth Preddey Cup at the weekend.

The palawa woman was there at the end when the Tiger women chased down Queensland’s 248 from their allotted 50 overs in the final of the 2023-24 Women’s National Cricket League at Bellerive Oval in nipaluna-Hobart.

Manix-Geeves came to the crease when the fourth wicket fell, joining Nicola Carey and anchoring an innings that saw Carey hit 111 (from 135) which saw the hosts win with 14 balls to spare.

Perennial battlers in the 50- over competition for their first 10 seasons after joining in 2010-11, Tasmania only won their first title in 2022 before backing it…