Noongar bill draws criticism from tent embassy
Noongar Tent Embassy campaigner Marianne Mackay.
Friday, 7 March 2014 4:37 pm
OPPONENTS of a draft bill that would recognise Noongar people as the traditional owners of Perth and the South West region have described it as an insult. The bill seeks to settle native title claims over the 200,000-square-kilometre area, and follows an offer worth about $1.3 billion comprising land, funding and other benefits to the Noongar community. But sovereignty campaigner Marianne Mackay from the Noongar Tent Embassy said the offer failed to support their inherent right to self-determination.
Djerrkura signs with Thunder
Nathan Djerrkura pictured in New York last November when he was a member of Robert de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project New York Marathon squad.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 3:10 pm
FORMER Geelong and Western Bulldogs star Nathan Djerrkura has signed with the Northern Territory Thunder for the 2014 North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) season. Djerrkura, 25, retired from the AFL at the completion of the 2012 season, after having played two seasons with the Western Bulldogs following being traded by the Geelong Cats in 2010 for draft pick number 58.
Young people wanted for Youth Parliament
Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt – the first Aboriginal person elected to the House of Representatives – speaks at last year's National Indigenous Youth Parliament.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014 5:23 pm
NORTHERN Territory law student Tara Liddy has been appointed as Governor-General for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) 2014 to be held in Canberra in May. Apply now to be part of NIYP 2014. Applications close March 10. NIYP is a week-long leadership program for 50 Indigenous Australians aged 16 to 25. It includes a two-day simulated parliament at Old Parliament House where participants will debate issues of importance to their communities. To apply go to www.aec.gov.au/NIYP
Peak bodies call for justice targets
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services chair Shane Duffy.
Monday, 3 March 2014 3:24 pm
THE National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples and ANTaR have renewed their calls for justice targets to be included in the Close the Gap campaign. Prior to last year’s federal election the Coalition said it would support adding justice targets but after the release of last month’s CTG reports, Prime Minister Tony Abbott appeared to have backed off the idea. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 15 times more likely to be in prison than other Australians.
Kimberley lawman remembered for legacy
Friday, 28 February 2014 3:40 pm
THE family of a Kimberley law man who led the fight against a proposed $40 billion gas plant at James Price Point have appealed for privacy to prepare for his funeral in Broome, Western Australia. The 47-year-old Goolaroobooloo Elder, known only as Mr Roe for cultural reasons, died on Wednesday in a Perth hospital. In a statement issued by his family on Friday, Mr Roe was described as ‘a son, brother, father and husband to his family and a leader, teacher and spiritual guide to many Australians who believe in the importance of Aboriginal law and culture to this nation’.
Funding axed to children’s organisation
Thursday, 27 February 2014 2:46 pm
ABORIGINAL Early Childhood Support and Learning (AECSL) found out just before Christmas that the Commonwealth Government had axed their funding and would not fund the organisation for this year. AECSL is the only Aboriginal-managed organisation providing support and advocacy for Aboriginal early childhood in NSW and has done so for more than 20 years. The organisation has launched a campaign to ask the Government to reinstate funding, sign the petition at www.make.my/aecslcampaign
Buddy lines up for Swans
Lance 'Buddy' Franklin has been named in the squad for the Swans' pre-season match against the Eagles on Thursday.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 3:21 pm
SYDNEY Swans recruit Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin is preparing for his first game in red and white on Thursday night for the Swans’ pre-season match against the West Coast Eagles at Blacktown International Sportspark. The former Hawthorn key forward was named in a 29-man squad for the game, which also includes Lewis Jetta and begins at 7.10pm (AEDT). For the Eagles, Aboriginal players Jamie Bennell, Josh Hill, Murray Newman and Sharrod Wellingham have been named in the side.
Kutcha to star at WOMADelaide
Sunday, 23 February 2014 11:23 am
KUTCHA Edwards, hot off performing at the Apology concert in Melbourne on February 13, is singing at WOMADelaide, the world music festival in Botanic Park, Adelaide, from March 7-10. Other Indigenous acts at WOMAD include Coloured Stone and Thelma Plum. “I’m excited to be doing WOMAD again after seven years,” Edwards said. For more information go to www.womadelaide.com.au
Geale proves to good for Wood
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:12 am
DANIEL Geale outclassed Garth Wood and now has set his sights on World Boxing Association (WBA) world middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin. Wood’s corner threw in the towel at the end of the sixth round after Wood had been dropped three times. Geale claimed Wood’s WBA Pan African middleweight title and won the vacant IBF Pan Pacific belt in their fight at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion. Geale was leading 59-52 on two of the judges’ cards and 60-51 on the other.
Calma installed as Canberra University Chancellor
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 4:37 pm
Dr Tom Calma, an Elder of the Kungarakan and the Iwaidja tribal groups, has been installed as the Chancellor of the University of Canberra. He also delivered a National Press Club address, speaking about the Close the Gap agenda for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and his views on how Australia can become a healthier and fairer nation. Dr Calma is the first Indigenous man to be appointed chancellor of an Australian university. Pat O’Shane was Chancellor of the University of New England from 1995-2003.