Queensland player Johnathan Thurston.
Queensland player Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston lines up for 31st Origin match for Queensland

QUEENSLAND playmaker Johnathan Thurston, 32, will line up in a record 31st consecutive rugby league State of Origin match tonight. The only player to have featured in every game in Queensland’s eight-straight series streak, Thurston has not missed an Origin since his debut in the 2005 opener. Coach Mal Meninga dipped his hat to Thurston. “He’s up there in the top echelon of players,” he said. “You don’t want to compare players … but he is up there as one of the greatest players in the game. He is an extraordinary player, so competitive and resilient, a role model for kids and a nice bloke.” The Origin series will begin tonight with the opening game at Sydney Olympic Stadium.

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National Reconciliation Week kicks off today

Reconciliation Australia chief executive Justin Mohamed at the official launch of National Reconciliation Week.
Reconciliation Australia chief executive Justin Mohamed at the official launch of National Reconciliation Week.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 9:25 am

MAY 27: On this date, in 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of removing racist provisions about Aboriginal people from the Constitution. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) begins today and is bookended by another anniversary, the anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision on June 3, 1992. Events will be held across the country this week, including BBQs, talks, tree plantings and heritage tours. The AFL also holds its Indigenous Round this week, culminating with Dreamtime at the G on Saturday, May 30.

Events across the country for Sorry Day

A sign at a recent Sorry Day event.
A sign at a recent Sorry Day event.
Monday, 25 May 2015 8:43 am

May 26: Sorry Day, held on May 26, honours the Stolen Generations. Events are being staged all over the country to commemorate the anniversary of the day the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in the Federal Parliament. 
National Reconciliation Week, which starts on May 27, is bookended by the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which gave full recognition for Indigenous Australians, and June 3, the anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision in 1992, which led to the establishment of native title.

High-level native title meeting in Broome

Indigenous leaders discussed native title at a two-day meeting in Broome this week.
Indigenous leaders discussed native title at a two-day meeting in Broome this week.
Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:46 am

ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and fellow Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson have convened a high level meeting with Indigenous leaders in Broome. The Indigenous Leaders Roundtable explored the challenges and opportunities of property rights after native title. “This is an unprecedented meeting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to tackle the challenges facing our communities once native title determinations have been made,” Mr Gooda said.

Major overhaul for Indigenous cricket

Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, Cricket Australia's Andrew Ingleton, NT player Joel Liddle, NT Sports Minister Gary Higgins, and NT Cricket CEO Troy Watson.
Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, Cricket Australia's Andrew Ingleton, NT player Joel Liddle, NT Sports Minister Gary Higgins, and NT Cricket CEO Troy Watson.
Thursday, 14 May 2015 3:55 pm

AUSTRALIA’S Indigenous cricket showcase, the Imparja Cup, is to undergo a major overhaul. The State and Territories competition will be known as the National Indigenous Cricket Championships and will be held in Alice Springs as a stand-alone event for the next three years. The Imparja Cup awill remain in Alice Springs for the next three years, but now will consist of competition in the major centres, communities, schools and indoor divisions.

Budget criticised for inadequate investment

National Justice Coalition co-chairs Kirstie Parker and Shane Duffy.
National Justice Coalition co-chairs Kirstie Parker and Shane Duffy.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:45 pm

THE National Justice Coalition has expressed concern that today’s Federal Budget doesn’t include the targeted investment needed to change the record on the crisis levels of imprisonment and violence currently being experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Coalition co-chair Kirstie Parker said it was vitally important that the Government commits to long-term investment in Aboriginal community controlled services and organisations, including law reform and advocacy bodies.

Heath to compete in Hawaii Ironman event

Nat Heath crossing the finish line in the Port Macquarie Ironman.
Nat Heath crossing the finish line in the Port Macquarie Ironman.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 8:38 am

2012 INDIGENOUS Marathon Project graduate Nat Heath is off to the world’s most prestigious ironman event, the Hawaii Ironman. This follows his outstanding run in the Port Macquarie Ironman, where he finished first in his age category (30-34 years), clocking 9:28.08 on Sunday, May 3. Not bad for an athlete who defied paralysis and medical advice. In 2010, Heath lost sensation in his body from the neck down and was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune condition where a person’s nerves are attacked by the body’s own immune defence system.

Congress calls for Budget cuts to be reversed

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples co-chair Les Malezer.
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples co-chair Les Malezer.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 9:00 am

CUTS of almost half a billion dollars from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs made in last year’s Federal Budget should be restored in this year’s Budget, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says. Congress says the cuts were supposed to be attributed to savings in the administration of programs by the bureaucracy, but it says funding should be restored until evidence of savings in the delivery of programs is available. Congress says Indigenous people are unlikely to benefit from recently-announced Budget-related proposals.

WA Government to change service delivery

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert speaks at a rally in support of remote Aboriginal communities.
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert speaks at a rally in support of remote Aboriginal communities.
Friday, 8 May 2015 3:43 pm

THE Western Australian Government has announced reforms to the way in which it will deliver services to Aboriginal communities. But, it has not yet consulted with Aboriginal people about the changes. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier said the Government would assess the employment, education, child protection and health care options available to Aboriginal people in remote areas to determine how to ensure services were provided in the most efficient way and that the consultation process would start “within weeks”.

Peak legal body receives funding reprieve

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services chair Shane Duffy and CEO Eddie Cubillo.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services chair Shane Duffy and CEO Eddie Cubillo.
Thursday, 7 May 2015 3:48 pm

MAY 7: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it will receive funding. NATSILS chair Shane Duffy said, until the announcement, it had looked as though they would be forced to close their doors. “NATSILS’ advice is essential to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s adverse experiences with  … law systems,” he said.

Miranda Tapsell a double winner at the Logies

Double Logie winner Miranda Tapsell.
Double Logie winner Miranda Tapsell.
Monday, 4 May 2015 3:09 pm

Larrakia/Tiwi actor Miranda Tapsell picked up two honours at last night’s Logie Awards for Australian television. She was named Most Popular New Talent and won the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding Newcomer for her performances in the Nine Network drama series Love Child. Tapsell used her award speech to call for more diversity in Australian television.