Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation. (L-R) Rachel Tilmouth, Kate Lawrence, Mick Dodson, April Martin and Wendy Brown. Picture: Wayne Quilliam
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation. (L-R) Rachel Tilmouth, Kate Lawrence, Mick Dodson, April Martin and Wendy Brown. Picture: Wayne Quilliam

Indigenous Governance Awards winners announced

OCTOBER 31: A leading Central Australian women’s group and an up-and-coming theatre troupe from country Victoria have received top honours at the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. At a gala dinner at BHP Billiton’s headquarters in Melbourne last night, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation from Alice Springs and Swan Hill’s The Marruk Project were awarded the best run Aboriginal organisation and project in the country by a high-calibre judging panel, including the heads of the Business Council and Productivity Commission. Reconciliation Australia, in partnership with BHP Billiton, holds the Indigenous Governance Awards biennially to identify, celebrate and promote strong Indigenous governance. An independent judging panel, chaired by Professor Mick Dodson, spent four weeks touring Australia to assess the finalists against five criteria including self-determination, cultural relevance and legitimacy, future planning, and resilience.

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Peris speaks in Senate about allegations

Senator Nova Peris.
Senator Nova Peris.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 8:24 pm

SENATOR Nova Peris has given a personal explanation in the Senate regarding stories published about her personal and professional life in the NT News and other media outlets yesterday. Senator Peris thanked all those who had supported her. “There are serious questions about how these emails were obtained and passed to the NT News,” she said. “The excuse for the reports is a claim I was responsible for a misuse of public funds. This claim is baseless.”

Boxing buddies to show new tricks

Daniel Geale.
Daniel Geale.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 2:37 pm

THEY could have fought over a decade ago and have sparred several hundred rounds, but friends Daniel Geale and Jarrod Fletcher are adamant they can still surprise each other. The two middleweight boxers headline a stacked December 3 card at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion. The clash between Geale and Fletcher for three regional middleweight titles loom as a must-win bout for both men, each of whom are coming off world title losses.

Nominations open for Ella Sevens

The Redfern United Mob (white jumpers) and their 2014 Ella 7s women's grand final opponents Mindaribba River.
The Redfern United Mob (white jumpers) and their 2014 Ella 7s women's grand final opponents Mindaribba River.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 4:21 pm

NOMINATIONS are open for the 2015 Warruwi Ella 7s rugby union carnival to be held at Coffs Harbour next February 20-21. The tournament will be limited to 32 men and 12 women’s teams. Those who wish to enter a second can do so on the understanding that the second teams will be in the same half of the draw as the first team. As part of The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team arrangements with Coffs Harbour Council, all visiting teams must book their accommodation through the Coffs Harbour Information Centre on 1300 369 070.

Parliamentary committee makes recommendations

Ken Wyatt MP
Ken Wyatt MP
Monday, 27 October 2014 3:53 pm

The Federal Parliament’s Joint Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, chaired by Aboriginal Liberal MP Ken Wyatt, has released three options to include Indigenous people in Australia’s Constitution. Two include the prohibition of racial discrimination, while a third option calls for constitutional change which gives the Government powers to make laws with respect to Indigenous Australians. The committee’s final report is due in June next year.

BIMA wins Amnesty award for talking decolonisation

Tiga Bayles &  Karen Scott from Brisbane Indigenous Media Association with judge Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove of NITV & Amnesty's Claire Mallinson.
Tiga Bayles & Karen Scott from Brisbane Indigenous Media Association with judge Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove of NITV & Amnesty's Claire Mallinson.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 4:37 pm

BRISBANE Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) took home the trophy for the Indigenous category of Amnesty International Australia’s inaugural media awards for their story ‘Let’s Talk Decolonisation‘. BIMA’s Tiga Bayles and Karen Scott accepted the award. The judges said “it was a great example of First Nations People claiming space in the public sphere”.

Gough remembered by Indigenous organisations

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, right, pours earth into the hand of Vincent Lingiari. Picture: Merv Bishop, 1975
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, right, pours earth into the hand of Vincent Lingiari. Picture: Merv Bishop, 1975
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:05 pm

TRIBUTES from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations are flowing for former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who died this morning, aged 98. The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples said that “no other Prime Minister has shown such strong commitment and motivation to implement the needed reforms to laws and policies to respect of the rights of the First Peoples of Australia”. NT Northern Land Council chair Samuel Bush Blanasi said Mr Whitlam was a great champion of the rights of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

Four police officers to stand trial

Corey Barker.
Corey Barker.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 6:35 pm

FOUR NSW police officers will stand trial for offences relating to the assault of Dhunghutti man Corey Barker in Ballina, northern NSW, in January 2011. In the Downing Centre Local Court Constable Lee Walmsley, Const Ryan Eckersley, former Sergeant Robert McCubben and Senior Const Mark Woolven were committed to stand trial after waiving their right to a committal hearing. The Police Integrity Commission found the officers subjected Mr Barker to “brutal and violent” treatment and falsely claimed he had hit an officer. The officers are pleading not guilty.

NACCHO urges Govt to drop GP proposal

NACCHO chair Justin Mohamed.
NACCHO chair Justin Mohamed.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 5:36 pm

THE National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has told a Senate committee that the proposed GP co-payment and changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme would discourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients seeking preventative health care and impact on efforts to close the gap in Aboriginal life expectancy. NACCHO chair Justin Mohamed said health policy should recognise Aboriginal people’s increasing preference to use Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services over mainstream.

Mark Ella to advise Cricket NSW/ACT

Mark Ella, left, with his brothers Gary, centre, and Glen.
Mark Ella, left, with his brothers Gary, centre, and Glen.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 3:30 pm

FORMER Australian rugby union star and current NITV executive producer of sport Mark Ella has been appointed chairman of the new NSW and ACT Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee. The committee will provide strategic guidance to Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT on how best to get Indigenous communities involved in cricket, while also providing opportunities and assistance to talented Indigenous players to progress in the game. Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT are calling for nominations to fill the remaining five positions on the committee.

Corroboree Sydney releases program

Jess Beck, Hetti Perkins and Michael O’Loughlin. Picture: James Horan
Jess Beck, Hetti Perkins and Michael O’Loughlin. Picture: James Horan
Monday, 13 October 2014 5:03 pm

CORROBOREE Sydney has launched the program for its second annual event, showcasing contemporary and traditional Indigenous arts and culture. Corroboree Sydney artistic director Hetti Perkins said from November 20-30 more than 100 Indigenous artists would perform around Sydney’s foreshore. Among the program highlights is the Gurung Parade of more than 3000 children through Sydney CBD, a traditional firelight ceremony, Black Arts Markets and the return of Homeground, a free-two day outdoor event at the Opera House featuring Dan Sultan.