Sep 18, UN jail

United Nations alerted about high Indigenous prison rates

SEPTEMBER 18: The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) has alerted the United Nation’s Human Rights Council – the world’s peak human rights body – about Australia’s rapidly increasing imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. HRLC lawyer Ruth Barson said successive Australian governments have failed to address the socio-economic reasons that lead to a disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being caught up in the criminal justice system. The statement lodged with the UN also raises the ongoing issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody, and the failure of governments to fully implement the recommendations made in 1991 by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It calls on the UN to urge Australia to take effective steps to address the social crisis of Indigenous people’s high imprisonment rates.

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Thurston claims third Players’ Player Medal

Johnathan Thurston accepting his players' player award via video link.
Johnathan Thurston accepting his players' player award via video link.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 9:13 am

QUEENSLAND’S Johnathan Thurston last night in Sydney was awarded the coveted Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) Players’ Player Medal for a third time. A strong finish to the season saw Thurston, who claimed the accolade in 2005 and 2013, retain the title. Earlier in the evening, Thurston was named the One Solutions Australian Representative Player of the Year for his performances across World Cup, Test and Origin competition.

Campbell wins NSWRL Indigenous Player award

Adam Campbell with his NSW Rugby League Kari Indigenous Player of the Year award.
Adam Campbell with his NSW Rugby League Kari Indigenous Player of the Year award.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 4:24 pm

PARRAMATTA Harold Matthews Cup hooker Adam Campbell has been named the Kari Indigenous Player of the Year at the NSW Rugby League’s (NSWRL’s) annual Brad Fittler Medal awards. The awards night honours players from Harold Matthews and junior representative age through to the State of Origin players’ player.

Abbott meets with Yolngu leaders

Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets a lesson in regeneration from the Yirrkala Community Nursery.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets a lesson in regeneration from the Yirrkala Community Nursery.
Monday, 15 September 2014 4:59 pm

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Arnhem Land yesterday to fulfil a pre-election commitment to spend a week governing Australia from Yolngu country. After a Yidaki lesson and dinner with Dilak leaders last night, this morning Mr Abbott spent time with the Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation, the Yolngu-owned Bay Bay Mi Timbermill company and the local nursery. Tonight the Prime Minister is having dinner with Yothu Yindi Foundation chair Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

Yarn Safe campaign talks about mental health

Sep 12, Yarn safe
Friday, 12 September 2014 4:47 pm

A NEW national campaign developed with a group of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is letting Indigenous youth know that there’s no shame in talking about mental health and wellbeing. ‘Yarn Safe’ aims to improve mental health literacy and encourage young Indigenous people to get help at headspace centres located around the country, eheadspace online and telephone counselling service or other appropriate mental health services. The campaign will be seen around the country through headspace centres as well as online at yarnsafe.org.au

New album of Indigenous music launched

CKNU feature on the new Home Volume 6 CD and will perform tonight at the launch in Brisbane.
CKNU feature on the new Home Volume 6 CD and will perform tonight at the launch in Brisbane.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 4:20 pm

A NEW compilation CD of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists has being launched. Home Volume 6 contains songs from 16 acts, including The Painted Ladies, 2014 National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame Inductee Mark Munk Ross and his Renegades of Munk, CKNU, Tom E Lewis, Jimblah, Jacinta Price, Tjintu Desert Band, Tigerlilly and Blekbala Mujik.

Beckett, Pattison make squad for Sri Lanka tour

Lain Beckett the bowler.
Lain Beckett the bowler.
Saturday, 6 September 2014 11:39 am

SOUTH Coast product Lain Beckett and NSW Imparja Cup teammate Jonte Pattison have made in Cricket Australia’s 15-man under 19 squad that will play Sri Lanka’s under 19s in five one-day and one three-day games in Colombo. Before he heads off to Sri Lanka, Beckett will be part of the Australian 14-man National Indigenous Development team taking part in the Top End Cricket Carnival starting on Sunday, September 14.

Abbott puts foot in it – again

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Monday, 1 September 2014 5:25 pm

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott’s comments at an event listing Australia’s defining moments have drawn the ire of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. At the launch of the project at the National Museum in Canberra Mr Abbott said that the “arrival of the First Fleet was the defining moment in the history of this continent”. National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples co-chair Kirstie Parker, chair of the PM’s Indigenous Advisory Council Warren Mundine and other Indigenous leaders all criticised Mr Abbott’s remarks.

Mundine to fight Rabchenko in November

Anthony Mundine.
Anthony Mundine.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 3:00 pm

ANTHONY Mundine will attempt to reignite his boxing career with a bout against unbeaten Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko. Mundine, 39, will battle Rabchenko, who has recorded 18 of his 25 victories by KO, for the WBC silver light middleweight title on November 12 at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena. Mundine was knocked down five times in his most recent fight, a unanimous points loss to Joshua Clottey in Newcastle.

Bulldogs supporter fined for racial abuse

Lance Franklin against Essendon earlier this year.
Lance Franklin against Essendon earlier this year.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 9:22 am

A WESTERN Bulldogs fan accused of racially abusing Aboriginal Sydney Swans players has had his club membership cancelled and will be fined by police. The 70-year-old man was ejected during Sunday’s AFL match at Etihad Stadium after abusing Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin and possibly Adam Goodes and Lewis Jetta. Franklin praised fans for alerting police.

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.