Adam Goodes has taken two days off training for the Swans.
Adam Goodes has taken two days off training for the Swans.

Repeated abuse takes toll on Goodes, as other sporting stars call out racism

Adnyamathanha Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes is reportedly thinking of retiring, after being subjected to another torrent of abuse, this time playing against the West Coast Eagles in Perth. As the booing row escalates again, Goodes has been given two days off training. Koori Mail columnist Michael O’Loughlin said Goodes was battling with the ongoing booing. “He is really struggling mentally and physically,” O’Loughlin, told Fairfax. “There’s only so much a man can take before his legs start to buckle. This isn’t a WA thing or an AFL thing – it’s an Australian issue. To be called an Abo, a nigger, a black so and so, for your entire life, and then expected to sit there and accept it, it’s a reflection on Australia and where we are as a country.” Senator Nova Peris and other former and current Indigenous sporting stars have also voiced strong support for Goodes.

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Koori Knockout shaping up for Dubbo

Jaye Forrester, Samantha Ahsee, Darren Ahsee, Mick Dunn, Geoff Simpson and Chris Ahsee.
Jaye Forrester, Samantha Ahsee, Darren Ahsee, Mick Dunn, Geoff Simpson and Chris Ahsee.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 4:08 pm

WHEN an estimated 15,000 people flock to Dubbo for the annual NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout in October, they will not only be treated to some top football. Organisers will be providing health assessments for fans and players. Members of the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service got together with Geoff Simpson from Knockout organisers the Walgett Aboriginal Connection at Caltex Park, Dubbo, on Monday, July 20, to launch the initiative. This year’s Knockout will be held in Dubbo, from October 2-5.

National Indigenous Music Awards announced

Briggs with his two NIMAS. Picture: Paz Tassone
Briggs with his two NIMAS. Picture: Paz Tassone
Sunday, 26 July 2015 2:12 pm

YORTA Yorta hip-hop artist Briggs walked away with two gongs at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) in Darwin last Saturday, for his album Sheplife and film clip of the year for Bad Apples. This year’s NIMA for Artist of the Year was shared by superstars Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan. Blekbala Mujik and Vic Simms were inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame.

Smith joins under 19 men’s squad

Brendan Smith sweeping in an Imparja Cup game against Victoria at this year’s Imparja Cup carnival in Alice Springs. Picture: Getty
Brendan Smith sweeping in an Imparja Cup game against Victoria at this year’s Imparja Cup carnival in Alice Springs. Picture: Getty
Thursday, 23 July 2015 9:04 am

BRENDAN Smith has joined another Indigenous player – Jonte Pattison – in the Australian under 19 cricket squad for the tour of England. Smith is the NSW under 17 captain and was recently part of the National Indigenous Squad that was based at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Smith, a young Dunghutti warrior, is a specialist left-hand batsman and occasional right-arm medium-pace bowler. He plays club cricket with Bankstown, in Sydney.

NIMAs announced this weekend

Malarndirri McCarthy will MC the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) this weekend.
Malarndirri McCarthy will MC the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) this weekend.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 5:30 pm

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are on this Saturday, July 25, in Darwin. Performers include East Journey featuring Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Blekbala Mujik, Frank Yamma, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), The Painted Ladies with members of The Medics and triple J Unearthed winner Zane Francis. NITV’s Malarndirri McCarthy will be MC, along with performer Kamahi Djordon King (aka Constantina Bush).

Darby earns top prize at Cossack Art Awards

2015 Cossack Art Award overall winner Wendy Darby, right.
2015 Cossack Art Award overall winner Wendy Darby, right.
Monday, 20 July 2015 9:49 am

PILBARA artist Wendy Darby has won the 2015 Cossack Art Awards best overall artwork for her painting Country. This is the second time Ms Darby has won the award. An artist at Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre in Roebourne, Western Australia, Ms Darby uses her country and experiences as inspiration for her painting. The awards were announced in Karratha, WA.

Bell, Blak Douglas finalists in Archibald prize

Me, by Richard Bell, is one of the finalists in the Archibald prize.
Me, by Richard Bell, is one of the finalists in the Archibald prize.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 4:14 pm

A SELF-portrait by Aboriginal artist Richard Bell is one of the 47 finalists in the Archibald prize, Australia’s most famous portrait competition. Adam Hill’s (aka Blak Douglas) portrait of Yuin Elder Uncle Max Eulo and non-Aboriginal artist Alicia Mozqueira’s painting of Uncle Doug Hall have also made the shortlist. The $100,000 Archibald was announced on July 17, and the exhibition of the finalists at the Art Gallery of NSW will run until September 27, with the people’s choice announced on September 10.

Mauboy, Sultan, Briggs and Plum finalists for NIMAs

Thelma Plum, who’s a finalist at this year’s NIMAs.
Thelma Plum, who’s a finalist at this year’s NIMAs.
Friday, 10 July 2015 4:24 am

July 10: Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Briggs and former Triple j Unearthed NIMA winner Thelma Plum will battle it out for the title of artist of the year at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs). The finalists for the awards, to be presented in Darwin on July 25, have just been named. Dan Sultan (Dirty Ground), Briggs (Bad Apples) and Thelma Plum (How Much Does Your Love Cost? and Young In Love) have also been nominated for song of the year, along with Emma Donovan’s Black Woman.

Hodges and Thurston star in Qld’s Origin triumph

Justin Hodges celebrates the Origin win.
Justin Hodges celebrates the Origin win.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015 3:35 pm

JUSTIN Hodges was given a fairytale send-off to representative rugby league last night (July 9) when Queensland thumped NSW 52-6 in the State of Origin decider at Lang Park, Brisbane. Queensland coach Mal Meninga credited his ‘older’ players, led by Hodges and playmaker Johnathan Thurston, for showing the way for his side to win the series 2-1.

Constitutional recognition talks later in the year

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Indigenous leaders at the meeting.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Indigenous leaders at the meeting.
Monday, 6 July 2015 4:59 pm

People will be invited to have their say on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians in a series of community conferences scheduled for later this year. The move follows a meeting in Sydney today between Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and about 40 of the nation’s most influential Indigenous representatives at Kirribilli House in Sydney.

PM to spend week in the Torres Strait

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Monday, 6 July 2015 8:31 am

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will spend a week next month in the Torres Strait as part of his commitment to spend a week every year in a remote Indigenous community. Mr Abbott said he was responding to a joint invitation from the Torres Strait Regional Authority, the Torres Shire Council, Torres Strait Island Regional Council and the Northern Peninsula Regional Council. He said that during the week the region and its people would be the prime focus of his attention.