Gooda welcomes funds to help the disabled
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 4:08 pm
INDIGENOUS people with disability will benefit from a $900,000 funding package announced today to improve access to national disability support services. The First People’s Disability Network Australia will receive the funds over three years to assist Indigenous Australians to understand and access support from the newly-created DisabilityCare Australia. Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said the package would help close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
Extra money in education funding welcomed
Prime Minister Julia Gillard (file photo).
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 4:22 pm
THE National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples welcomed the extra money in the federal Budget for Indigenous students. Congress said the $11.9 million over four years for the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program will help improve school retention rates and supported the $10 million for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. The Government will invest $659 million in Indigenous education for programs that will increase parental engagement; provide better access to education and increase school engagement through sport.
Bell wins Australia Council fellowship
Artist Richard Bell (image supplied).
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 1:56 pm
ABORIGINAL artist Richard Bell has today been awarded a $100,000 Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowship. Bell was born in the Queensland town of Charleville and is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities. He is a previous winner of the National Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, and is a nationally recognised artist with works represented in major collections in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Lack of Budget detail in health criticised
NACCHO chair Justin Mohamed.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:26 am
NATIONAL Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO) chair Justin Mohamed welcomed the (Close the Gap) CTG announcement of $77 million in the federal Budget but said the lack of detail regarding how it would be allocated left a ‘question mark over Aboriginal health’. Mr Mohamed said he was disappointed the Budget did not spell out how the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan would be funded. The Budget included $16.5 million over four years to tackle trachoma in Indigenous communities.
$1.6billion Indigenous spending in Budget
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:32 am
THE Federal Government said it had allocated $1.6 billion in the Budget for Indigenous health, education, essential services, welfare reform, recognition and advocacy, languages and art. The Government said it was spending $777 million over three years towards Closing the Gap, including the National Partnership Agreement in Health. The funding announced for the National Plan for School Improvement included loading for Indigenous students and support for school students in low socio-economic areas and regional and remote areas.
Getting down to black business
Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 2:18 pm
MORE than 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs and leading corporates have gathered in Melbourne for the nation’s foremost conference, tradeshow and awards night for Indigenous supply. The two-day Connect 2013 event will conclude tomorrow night. Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse says certified Indigenous businesses are enjoying unprecedented success, winning corporate and government contracts worth more than $56 million over the past three years. Supply Nation’s members are companies, government agencies and suppliers.
Young and reading this? You’re part of the way there
NCIE CEO Jason Glanville says collaboration is about leveraging digital technology to improve Indigenous wellbeing (file photo).
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 2:13 pm
THE National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and the Telstra Foundation have launched an online collaboration aimed at boosting the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the digital world. Each week for the next six weeks a topic about digital excellence will be discussed online at www.Indigenousdigitalexcellence.org.au. People can participate through Facebook (/IndigenousDigitalExcellence), Twitter (@IndigenousDX), Instagram (@IndigenousDX) and Trello, all using the hashtag #IndigenousDX.
Ministers agree to improve Indigenous education
Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett.
Friday, 10 May 2013 4:55 pm
EDUCATION ministers from around the country have today agreed to step up their efforts to improve Indigenous education results. Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett said the ministers had signed off on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan, which would involve personalised learning strategies for all 150,000 Indigenous students in Years 1 to 10, attendance strategies, community partnerships and better reporting standards.
‘Underdog’ candidate to launch Senate campaign
Senate aspirant Ribnga Green describes himself as an underdog who knows what it is like to be poor.
Friday, 10 May 2013 11:48 am
AN Aboriginal man will contest the federal election in September as an independent Senate candidate for South Australia. Ribnga Green, a Jaru man originally from Halls Creek in WA’s Kimberley region, has lived in SA for many years. Father to three grown-up children, Mr Green will campaign on review of the laws allowing foreign farm ownership, humane treatment of refugees, full participation for all citizens in the economy, and a fair go for the poor and marginalised. He’ll launch his election campaign on Sunday.
Naden sentencing set for next month
Malcolm Naden has pleaded guilty to two murders, as well as attempting to murder a police officer and a string of break and enters while on the run.
Friday, 10 May 2013 11:10 am
THE families of Malcolm Naden’s two murder victims will have to wait a month before learning the self-confessed killer’s fate. After closing arguments from the Crown and Naden’s defence team in the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney yesterday, Judge Derek Price said he would sentence Naden on 14 June. Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC argued that the murders of Naden’s cousin Lateesha Nolan and Kristy Scholes in Dubbo in 2005 fell into the worst possible category and the only appropriate sentence for them was life imprisonment.