Prison rates show no sign of declining
Thursday, 5 December 2013 2:07 pm
ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander people make up just over a quarter of the total prisoner population in Australia, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today. At 30 July 2013, there were 30,775 prisoners in Australian jails. Twenty seven per cent, or 8,430, of those prisoners identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The Northern Territory had the highest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners, 86 per cent, while Victoria had the lowest proportion, with 7 per cent.
Scullion questions amount of funding for Congress
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.
Thursday, 5 December 2013 12:19 pm
SPECULATION is mounting that the Coalition Government is planning to cut funding for the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has questioned the amount of funding allocated to Congress but is yet to discuss the matter with the peak Aboriginal organisation. Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Shayne Neumann called on the Government to honour the previous funding arrangement for $15 million that would see Congress funded to 2017.
Bandjalang people celebrate native title
Bandjalang people celebrate their native title determination in Evans Head.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013 11:32 am
THERE were tears of joy and shouts of triumph in Evans Head when the Federal Court recognised the Bandjalang people’s native title rights over a number of National Parks and State Forests in northern NSW after a 17-year battle. At a special hearing Justice Jane Jagot recognised the Bandjalang people as the original custodians of the lands and waters in the claim area. The determination, by consent, also recognised a range of non-exclusive native title rights for Bandjalang people.
Sydney uni honours Scrymgour
Professor Shane Houston and Dr Marion Scrymgour.
Sunday, 1 December 2013 11:55 am
FORMER Northern Territory politician Marion Scrymgour has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney. Deputy vice chancellor Professor Shane Houston said he nominated Ms Scrymgour for the Doctor of Health Science because of her unswerving commitment to improving Indigenous health. Ms Scrymgour, who is chief executive of Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service, said she was humbled by the Sydney University honour and hoped it would inspire young people who might think such an achievement is unattainable.
Brandis asked to rethink his position on RDA
Sunday, 1 December 2013 11:44 am
ABORIGINAL activist Pat Eatock has told the Koori Mail that federal Attorney-General George Brandis’s pledge to change the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) would water down protection against racism. Senator Brandis has said he believes section 18C of the RDA goes too far in its restrictions on freedom of speech. National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples co-chairs Les Malezer and Kirstie Parker have added their voices to a growing chorus asking Senator Brandis to think again.
Congress wants meeting with PM to discuss respect
Congress co-chairs Kirstie Parker and Les Malezer.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 2:39 pm
THE National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has requested a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss the relationship between the Government and the Congress. As the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the Congress has pointed out that Mr Abbott’s Indigenous Advisory Council, to be headed by Warren Mundine, must be accountable and transparent. The Congress said decision-making should be based on mutual respect and equality.
Gathering of Nations elects spokespeople
Ghillar Michael Anderson.
Monday, 25 November 2013 4:48 pm
SEVENTEEN nations sent representatives to the inaugural Gathering of Nations, held in the House of Representatives in Old Parliament House and at the Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra, last week. Pangarte Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, of the Alyewarre Nation, and Ghillar Michael Anderson, of the Euahlayi Nation, were chosen unanimously as joint head spokespersons for the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia on behalf of the nations present.
Indigenous Advisory Council announced
Monday, 25 November 2013 10:32 am
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott’s Indigenous Advisory Council is Warren Mundine (chair), Richard Ah Mat (Cape York Land Council), Leah Armstrong (Reconcilation Australia), Ngiare Brown (doctor), Josephine Cashman (Riverview Global Partners), Gail Kelly (Westpac), Djambawa Marawili (artist), Bruce Martin (Aak Puul Ngantam sustainable development), David Peever (Rio Tinto), Andrew Penfold (Australian Indigenous Education Foundation), Peter Shergold (University of Western Sydney) and Daniel Tucker (Carey Mining).
Tas Aboriginal heritage legislation on hold
TAC State Secretary Ruth Langford with TAC staff outside parliament house, who welcomed the government's decision.
Friday, 22 November 2013 12:47 pm
THE Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) has welcomed the adjournment of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Bill in the State’s last scheduled sitting in the parliamentary year. TAC secretary Ruth Langford said she hoped the next incoming government would completely redraft the bill to be truly progressive and enable the aspirations of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
Towart named Australia’s top community CEO
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre chief executive Rachelle Towart.
Thursday, 21 November 2013 3:52 pm
THE chief executive of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, Rachelle Towart, has been named Australia’s top community chief executive officer. Ms Towart has secured more than $8.7 million in funding for Indigenous education, and has overseen unprecedented enrolments at the AILC, while also establishing a strong national profile for the not-for-profit organization. She plans to use the prize money from the 2013 Westpac Community Leaders Award to advance leadership experiences among her staff.