Representatives from national Indigenous organisations met in Canberra today.
Representatives from national Indigenous organisations met in Canberra today.

Leaders call on Abbott to address Indigenous Affairs funding and policy

SEPTEMBER 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to personally step in to address the federal Indigenous Affairs policy and funding environment, which they say is descending into chaos. Representatives of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, and the Healing Foundation – supported by the Australian Council of Social Services – met in Canberra today to discuss the detrimental impact of the 2014 Federal Budget on key organisations and frontline services. The group said that, despite Government assurances to the contrary, Budget cuts were impairing the ability of community-controlled organisations to deliver frontline services in critical areas.

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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.

National development squad named

Indigenous squad skipper Ben Abbotangelo, left, with Tasmanian Ryan Lees.
Indigenous squad skipper Ben Abbotangelo, left, with Tasmanian Ryan Lees.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 4:09 pm

AUSTRALIA’s most talented Indigenous cricketers have been selected in the preliminary 2014-15 National Indigenous Development Squad to contest the Top End Cricket Carnival in Darwin next month. The team will play 50-over and Twenty20 matches against ICC East Asia Pacific, Papua New Guinea and the Northern Territory from September 13-19. Games will be played at Northline Oval (Palmerston) and Marrara Cricket Ground and the Gardens Oval (Darwin). The Indigenous team will be led by Victorian Ben Abbatangelo.

 

New tool to report racism launched in Victoria

A screen shot of the Report Racism website.
A screen shot of the Report Racism website.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 3:27 pm

AUSTRALIA’s first third-party racism reporting mechanism for the Aboriginal community has been launched in Victoria. The online tool, called Report Racism, enables people to report any incidence of racism, which may include racial discrimination, racially motivated crime or racially motivated incidents by anyone, including police. A trial for the online tool will be held in northern Melbourne and Shepparton. Reports can be made online at reportracism.com.au or through a reporting place, such as the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

Beale retains place for Bledisloe Cup clash

A file picture of Kurtley Beale in action.
A file picture of Kurtley Beale in action.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 2:47 pm

August 19: Kurtley Beale has retained his place in the Australian rugby union team to tackle the New Zealand All Blacks in their Bledisloe Cup must-win return game in Auckland on Saturday. Even after scoring all of Australia’s points in the 12-12 stalemate in Sydney last Saturday night, Beale was unsure if he had done enough to retain his spot as five-eighth ahead of NSW Waratahs teammate Bernard Foley. But Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie named an unchanged line-up for Saturday’s encounter.

 

Indigenous people missing out on health checks

Indigenous people are missing out on annual health checks.
Indigenous people are missing out on annual health checks.
Monday, 18 August 2014 3:07 pm

Many Indigenous people are missing out on health checks for which they are eligible, even though the number of health checks is rising, according to new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The data, released through the AIHW’s on-line Indigenous health check data tool, shows the total number of Indigenous health checks rose from about 71,400 to more than 122,000 between 2010-11 and 2012-13.

Dan Sultan a big winner at Indigenous music awards

Dan Sultan on stage.
Dan Sultan on stage.
Monday, 18 August 2014 8:34 am

JESSICA Mauboy might have been named Artist of the Year at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, but it was Dan Sultan who stole the show. The Arrernte/Gurindji rocker scooped up three awards at the NIMAs, winning plenty of applause from the crowd at Darwin’s George Green Amphitheatre on Friday night. Sultan took Song of the Year with The Same Man and the Album of the Year and Cover Art of the Year titles for Blackbird. Mauboy – a hometown favourite in Darwin – won the Artist of the Year crown for the second consecutive year.

Scullion warns parents over school attendance

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 8:59 am

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says that parents under the Remote Communities and Jobs Program in South Australia’s APY Lands whose children do not attend school will receive a financial penalty to their payment. Senator Scullion made the announcement about the pilot plan from Mimili in the APY Lands where he has been visiting local communities.