Abbott nominates date for referendum
Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Friday, 12 December 2014 9:46 am
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has nominated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Census as his preferred date for a referendum on recognising Indigenous people in the Constitution. Speaking at the inaugural Recognise gala dinner in Sydney last night, Mr Abbott said it would be “richly symbolic” to hold a referendum on constitutional recognition on May 27, 2017. Mr Abbott announced a further $5million for the Recognise campaign
‘Disappointing’ health policy, says NACCHO
NACCHO chairperson Matthew Cooke.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 4:00 pm
THE National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has warned that the proposed revised GP co-payment would result in an effective cut to Aboriginal health services and called on the Government to reconsider. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the $7 Medicare co-payment would be scrapped but that the Government would reduce its payment to doctors by $5 and allow them to charge patients. NACCHO chairperson Matthew Cooke said it was “extremely disappointing” that Indigenous people were not considered in the revised policy.
Work for the Dole for remote communities
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Monday, 8 December 2014 5:29 pm
FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has announced that Work for the Dole would be introduced into remote communities from July 2015, with the majority of remote job seekers to undertake work-like activities five days a week, 12 months of the year. Senator Scullion slammed the previous government’s Remote Jobs and Communities Program and said the new program would be discussed on a community-by-community basis. The CDEP Wages Scheme would be wound up early.
HIV Awareness Week launched
The launch of the first-ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week in Canberra.
Friday, 5 December 2014 3:30 pm
IN response to rising rates of new infections of HIV in the Indigenous community, the first ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week was recently launched to coincide with World AIDS Day, December 1. The aim of the week was to develop genuine attitude and behavioural changes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, fostering not only increased environmental HIV awareness but also a sense of empowerment and commitment to leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV.
Recognise campaign on the move
Studio Village Community Centre, Oxenford, paid host to a visit from the Recognise campaign recently.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 4:50 pm
THE Recognise campaign paid a visit recently to the Studio Village Community Centre in Oxenford, Queensland. The event included different activities for children such as face painting, colouring, play doh, javelin throwing, boomerang demonstrations and throwing and traditional story-telling. Studio Village Community Centre hosted a free BBQ lunch for all who attended, including the local schools, Helensvale Primary School and State High School.
Sultan and Gurrumul win ARIA awards
Dan Sultan won the 2014 ARIA award for Best Rock Album.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 9:26 am
NOVEMBER 26: Dan Sultan’s album Blackbird won Best Rock Album at the 2014 Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) awards last night. “I think we kind of hoped, but you don’t take anything for granted,” he said after the win. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra won the award for Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album. Sultan performed at the awards ceremony at The Star, Sydney, as did popstar Jessica Mauboy.
Michael Bailey joins Perth Scorchers
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 4:30 pm
WA’s Imparja Cup-winning captain Michael Bailey is the newest Perth Scorchers signing, joining the club for the 2014-15 KFC Big Bash League on a community rookie contract. Bailey, a Clontarf Foundation mentor, was selected through a series of trials that provided opportunities for players from rural communities, low socio-economic areas and Indigenous and non-English-speaking backgrounds to showcase their talents in a bid for the single community rookie contract.
Pathways expand for Indigenous cricketers
National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee co-chairs Aaron Briscoe, left, and John Bannon at the SCG.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 4:30 pm
PATHWAYS for Indigenous cricketers in NSW and the ACT are set to be expanded following the formation of an advisory committee led by rugby union legend Mark Ella. Members of the NSW-ACT Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee were introduced at a function at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the tea break in the fifth and final one-day international between Australia and South Africa on Sunday. Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia hosted an event to launch the National Indigenous Cricket Strategy and the Australian Cricket Reconciliation Action Plan.
Funding announcements delayed
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Monday, 24 November 2014 6:30 pm
FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion announced today that grants under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy would take more time to assess. Senator Scullion said there had been an overwhelming response to the first grant funding round, with more than 500 applications received. He said outcomes from the round would be known by early March 2015.
Concerns raised about heritage in WA
Traditional owners on the steps of WA Parliament House yesterday.
Friday, 21 November 2014 4:51 pm
MORE than 70 traditional owners – representing each region of Western Australia – converged on Parliament yesterday in a show of solidarity against the State Government’s proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. The delegation met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier, Nationals MP Brendon Grylls and Labor MP Ben Wyatt to voice their concerns and presented a petition signed by more than 1600 people.