Detail from Tony Albert's artwork that was just awarded the $100,000 Basil Sellers Prize.
Detail from Tony Albert's artwork that was just awarded the $100,000 Basil Sellers Prize.

Albert wins $100,000 prize for artwork exploring racism in football

ABORIGINAL artist Tony Albert has won the $100,000 Basil Sellers prize for his work exploring racism in sport. The Basil Sellers Art Prize focuses on ‘art and sport’ and is staged at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne every second year since the inaugural in 2008. Albert’s winning work consists of a painted target over which are hung 23 small framed works comprising watercolours on paper, photographs and collage, and small vignettes made of found objects – toys, blocks and figurines. It includes images of famous Aboriginal footballers, including Nicky Winmar, Adam Goodes and Michael Long, and phrases, including ‘racism has no place in sport’ and ‘18C racial vilification is not freedom of speech’. It also explores the racism behind calling someone an ape, with motifs of different species of apes, some with pictures of Goodes super-imposed over them.

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Peris strong in Hockeyroos’ win over Malaysia

Australia's Brooke Peris is challenged by Malaysia's Juliana Mohamad Din during their opening pool game at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, last night (Australian time). Picture: Ady Kerry
Australia's Brooke Peris is challenged by Malaysia's Juliana Mohamad Din during their opening pool game at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, last night (Australian time). Picture: Ady Kerry
Friday, 25 July 2014 3:50 pm

BROOKE Peris had an immediate impact when she was brought on in Australia’s opening women’s hockey game at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, last night. Australia beat Malaysia 4-0 on the opening day of competition. Peris came off the bench and she and Emily Smith teased the Malaysian defence early in the game. It was a dominant Australian performance. They led 3-0 at the break. The Australians are to play Wales in their second match of the tournament at 11pm tonight (AEST).

Price honoured with leadership award

NT Community Services Minister Bess Price has been recognised with the NT Women in Leadership Award.
NT Community Services Minister Bess Price has been recognised with the NT Women in Leadership Award.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 4:29 pm

Northern Territory Minister Bess Price, a Warlpiri woman, has been named the NT winner of the Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. “This is a huge honour and I hope I can help inspire other women to take on positions of leadership, no matter where they are from,” Ms Price said. “Too often, women are victims of violence in our community and I am serious about being a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.”

Beale in Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship

A file picture of Kurtley Beale, flanked by former Indigenous Wallabies Gary Ella, left, and Lloyd McDermott.
A file picture of Kurtley Beale, flanked by former Indigenous Wallabies Gary Ella, left, and Lloyd McDermott.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 3:44 pm

KURTLEY Beale is in the 32-man Australian squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship. The Rugby Championships involve four Southern Hemisphere countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. The Wallabies will assemble on August 3 for a week-long Bush2Bledisloe regional road trip across Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Penrith. The series opener is in Sydney on August 16 against the All Blacks.

Nhulunbuy named Australia’s cleanest beach

Nhulunbuy's Fiona Marika and Grace Wunungmurra at Currumbin Beach , Queensland. Picture: Matt Roberts/mattrimages.com.au
Nhulunbuy's Fiona Marika and Grace Wunungmurra at Currumbin Beach , Queensland. Picture: Matt Roberts/mattrimages.com.au
Friday, 18 July 2014 2:23 pm

THE Northern Territory beach of Nhulunbuy has been named the overall winner in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2014 at Currumbin, Queensland. Nhulunbuy is located on the traditional lands of the Yolngu people and has around 4000 residents. Its residents, including the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and the Dhimurru Rangers, have taken on responsibility for managing the huge amount of beach litter, including lost fishing nets and marine debris that washes up on the beaches of Cape Arnhem.

Program for Garma Festival released

Yolngu children at last year's Garma Festival. Picture courtesy of the Yothu Yindi Foundation
Yolngu children at last year's Garma Festival. Picture courtesy of the Yothu Yindi Foundation
Thursday, 17 July 2014 4:18 pm

THE Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) has released its program of speakers and music for the Garma Festival, held in northeast Arnhem Land on August 1-4. YYF chief executive Denise Bowden said this year’s key forum is based on the concepts of responsibility, reform and recognition. “Everyone has a voice at Garma and, just like a Yolngu ceremony, everyone has a role to play,” she said. For more information on the festival go to www.yyf.com.au

Recognise relay sets off again, from Cairns to Cape

Fiona Jose, Jackie Huggins and Ben Gertz.
Fiona Jose, Jackie Huggins and Ben Gertz.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 4:10 pm

THE Recognise relay set off again on its journey across Australia, relaunching in Cairns today before making its way north across the Atherton Tablelands and up the Cape York Peninsula. The relay gives communities across the nation a chance to be part of the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution – and to ensure there is no place for racial discrimination in it. Recognise spokesperson Jackie Huggins urged Queenslanders to campaign actively for the recognition referendum.

Constitutional recognition interim report tabled

Federal MP Ken Wyatt.
Federal MP Ken Wyatt.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 3:40 pm

THE Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples today tabled its interim report in the House of Representatives. The committee, chaired by Senator Nova Peris and Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt, drew on the work of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, the appointed group of Indigenous and community leaders who conducted a national public consultation and engagement program in 2011. The report is available at http://www.aph.gov.au/jscatsi

Winners announced at National NAIDOC Awards

Linda Burney was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National NAIDOC Awards at the Gold Coast.
Linda Burney was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National NAIDOC Awards at the Gold Coast.
Saturday, 12 July 2014 9:12 am

JULY 12: Wiradjuri woman, activist, teacher and NSW parliamentarian Linda Burney was honoured last night with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National NAIDOC Awards night and ball at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre. Activist and academic Gracelyn Smallwood was named Person of the Year. Patricia O’Connor is the Female Elder of the Year and Richard Archibald the Male Elder of the Year. The Uunguu Healthy Country Project, from Western Australia, won the Caring for Country Award.

Cadd’s portrait of Archie makes Archibald finalists

Proud, a portrait of Archie Roach by Yorta Yorta artist Jandamarra Cadd.
Proud, a portrait of Archie Roach by Yorta Yorta artist Jandamarra Cadd.
Friday, 11 July 2014 3:41 pm

YORTA Yorta artist Jandamarra Cadd’s portrait of singer Archie Roach has been named as a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize. Also in the 54 finalists, announced yesterday by the Art Gallery of NSW were pictures of Aboriginal artist Richard Bell (painted as an astronaut), AFL player Adam Goodes and musician Dan Sultan. The winner will be announced later this month.

12 IMP runners finish Gold Coast Half-Marathon

Brendan Peeters, from Cairns, the first IMP runner over the line in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon.
Brendan Peeters, from Cairns, the first IMP runner over the line in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014 2:39 pm

IN a ground-breaking first, all 12 members of the 2014 Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad crossed the finish line of the Gold Coast Half-Marathon last Sunday. Team members exceeded their own expectations by not only finishing, but crossing the line well ahead of their goal times. Members of the squad have returned home to their communities to continue training ahead of the third camp in Sydney for the City to Surf in August.