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Female prisoners may sue over Townsville Correctional Centre strip searches

October 1: Female prisoners – most of them Indigenous – at a north Queensland jail could sue the State Government over unlawful strip searches. A Queensland Ombudsman’s investigation has found the Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre conducted unlawful and unreasonable strip searches on inmates who were receiving medications. Debbie Kilroy, from support group Sisters Inside, says the searches, over 10 months to March this year, equated to abuse by the state.

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Reconciliation Australia’s new CEO named

Justin Mohamed
Justin Mohamed
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 2:31 pm

Justin Mohamed will be the new chief executive officer of Reconciliation Australia. A Gooreng Gooreng man from Bundaberg in Queensland, Mr Mohamed has spent more than two decades working in Shepparton,  Victoria, to improve employment, health and education among the Aboriginal community. He has been chairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) since 2009. He starts with Reconciliation Australia in November.

 

Third Dally M NRL success for Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston playing for Australia earlier this year.
Johnathan Thurston playing for Australia earlier this year.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 8:22 am

September 30: Aboriginal champion Johnathan Thurston has cemented his place among the all-time greats of Australian rugby league. The North Queensland Cowboys captain was last night named joint winner of the 2014 NRL Dally M Player of the Year, along with Parramatta Eels captain Jarryd Hayne. He was also named Five Eighth of the Year and won the Provan Summons People’s Choice Medal as the best player in the NRL.

Adam Goodes delays retirement call

Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes
Monday, 29 September 2014 9:27 am

September 29: Aboriginal AFL player and Sydney Swans veteran Adam Goodes played his 351st of his career when the Swans and Hawthorn Hawks met at the MCG on the weekend in this year’s AFL grand final. Goodes failed to add a third premiership to his honours as Hawthorn won back-to-back flags with a 63-point demolition of the Swans.

Royal Commission told of shocking abuse at home

The Royal Commission sitting in Darwin.
The Royal Commission sitting in Darwin.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 8:44 am

September 24: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues in Darwin this week amid shocking claims from witnesses. The hearing has been focusing on the Retta Dixon home for ‘mixed-race Indigenous children’ in the Northern Territory, where witnesses have told the commission there was sustained sexual and physical abuse of residents as young as five.

UN alerted about high prison rates

Sep 18, UN jail
Thursday, 18 September 2014 6:46 pm

SEPTEMBER 18: The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) has alerted the United Nations 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.

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.