Thousands show support for remote communities
Protesters at Belmore Park, Sydney, on Friday. Picture: Sabine Kacha
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:48 am
THOUSANDS of people rallied in Sydney and Melbourne on Friday in support of remote Aboriginal communities. In Melbourne around 4000 people brought traffic to a standstill outside Flinders St Station, in the CBD. In Sydney protests marched from Belmore Park, near Central Railway Station to Redfern. On Monday, the South Australian and Federal governments announced that they had come to a funding agreement for services to remote Aboriginal communities.
Djuki Mala donates $10,000 to help after cyclones
Djuki Mala (formerly the Chooky Dancers). Picture: Sean Young
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 5:54 pm
ELCHO Island dance theatre group Djuki Mala (formerly the Chooky Dancers) is donating $10,000 to remote communities affected by cyclones Lam and Nathan, it was announced today at an event in Darwin. Comprised of Yolngu men from Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala have made significant personal donations, coupled with the generous support from the audiences of their Adelaide Fringe Festival season in March, that will go to the ‘Hands Up for Arnhem Land’ appeal, which is raising money for the clean-up effort on the island.
New sculpture pays tribute to Indigenous Diggers
Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall, a new public artwork by Tony Albert.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:25 am
Girramay artist Tony Albert’s dramatic sculpture featuring marble and steel bullets and shell casings has been unveiled in Hyde Park as a tribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women.
Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall features four seven-metre tall, 1.5-tonne bullets and three fallen shells to represent the Diggers who returned to Australia and those who lost their lives.
The $500,000 public artwork was commissioned by the City of Sydney as part of its Eora Journey program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Billy Gordon resigns from Labor party
Queensland MP Billy Gordon.
Monday, 30 March 2015 8:56 am
Queensland Aboriginal MP Billy Gordon has resigned from the Labor Party after revelations about his criminal history and allegations regarding domestic abuse. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called on Mr Gordon to resign from Parliament, which would bring on a byelection in the northern seat of Cook and, possibly, a change of government. “I recognise that my own personal circumstances are no excuse for my non-disclosure, however from this troubled and fractured past I’ve managed to piece together a positive and constructive life,” he said.
Government reverses cuts to legal services
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services chair Shane Duffy.
Thursday, 26 March 2015 3:21 pm
NATIONAL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) have welcomed the announcement by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department that the announced funding cuts to the legal assistance sector have been reversed. NATSILS chair Shane Duffy said he was thrilled by the announcement. “While the announcement today is welcomed, the government also needs to know that the funding provided is not enough to meet the legal needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” he said.
Parker recognised with Peacewomen award
Kirstie Parker is one of four women being recognised for promoting peace and freedom in Australia.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 5:00 pm
YUWALLARAI and Wiradjuri woman Kirstie Parker will be the inaugural recipient of an Australian Peacewomen award. Ms Parker, who is co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Close the Gap campaign and a former editor of the Koori Mail, is being recognised for her dedication to achieving health and life expectation equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The awards are being presented by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom as part of its centenary celebration.
Thousands turn out for protests
Chris Congoo, Muriel Bindol and Janine Gertz at a protest in Townsville about the WA Government's plan to close remote Aboriginal communities.
Thursday, 19 March 2015 2:53 pm
MARCH 19: Thousands of Aboriginal people and supporters have joined marches around the country today to show solidarity with remote communities and protest the Western Australian Government’s plan to force Aboriginal people off their homelands. Protests were held in capital cities and smaller towns, while others vented their frustration and anger online.
NACCHO and RAAF sign partnership
The RAAF’s Air Vice Marshall Leo Davies and NACCHO chairperson Matthew Cooke.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 9:06 am
AT a Close the Gap Day breakfast in Parliament House, Canberra, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) took the opportunity to announce a new partnership. Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding to work together for the next five years on health-related initiatives. Under the first initiative, RAAF dental personnel will partner with Aboriginal health workers nationwide to provide much-needed dental care for Indigenous people. Close the Gap Day events are being held around the country.
Victorian Elder Dr Alf Bamblett dead at 71
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 5:16 am
Victorian Elder and community leader Dr Alf Bamblett has died. He was 71. A Yorta Yorta, Bangerang and Wiradjuri man, Dr Bamblett was Victorian Aboriginal of the Year in 1994, and inducted to the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll in 2011. He served as Victoria’s commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission from 1991 to 1995. Among many achievements, Dr Bamblett was instrumental in establishing the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, and helped to secure the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Wanderers down St Marys in NT football grand final
Wanderers savour their grand final victory. Picture: Peter Argent
Monday, 16 March 2015 5:34 am
March 15: Wanderers have won the 2014-15 Northern Territory Football League premiership, defeating heavy favourites St Mary’s by 34 points. Leading from the opening stanza, the Eagles were already 20 points ahead at the main break. The final score was Wanderers 11.17 (83) and St Mary’s 7.7 (49). Thomas Motlop won the Chaney Medal, blanketing former St Kilda goal sneak Stephen Milne and keeping him off the goal kickers sheet. In another upset, the Tiwi Bombers snatched victory from St Marys in the NTFL youth girls grand final.