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Cuts to Abbott’s Green Army killing off our ranger programs, says KLC

by Tony Barrass in NEWS

The peak Indigenous body in Western Australia’s vast Kimberley says axing the Green Army will have “enormous consequences” for the ranger network in the region. “For many of our young rangers, this program has provided them with their first opportunity to work on country and care for country,” Kimberley Land [...]

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  • Kanparrka Store put under ORIC administration

    December 21, 2016
    The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven, has today placed the Kanparrka Store Aboriginal Corporation under special administration. Established in 2011, the corporation owns and operates the Kanparrka Store in the community of Haasts Bluff, [...]
  • Business leader blasts Native Title avoidance

    December 7, 2016
    Australian governments and industry have a higher level of responsibility to earn their social licence to operate when it comes to Native Title and Aboriginal affairs, leading Indigenous businessman and co-owner of the National Indigenous [...]
  • KPMG swoops on Arrilla in ground-breaking deal

    December 1, 2016
    Accounting giant KPMG Australia has acquired specialist Indigenous consultancy, Arrilla, for an undisclosed price. It has also taken a 49 percent stake in Arrilla’s digital Indigenous cultural competency training venture, and committed to reinvesting some [...]


  • Doctor on journey to find health answers

    December 7, 2016
    Indigenous elder Doseena Fergie has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to further her research into Indigenous health. Dr Fergie works in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University’s [...]
  • CLC backs return of banned drinkers register

    November 23, 2016
    The Central Land Council has thrown its support behind the reintroduction of the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) and called for additional support for families affected by the Northern Territory’s extreme rate of alcohol consumption. The [...]
  • Racism a life and death issue, warns health professor

    November 17, 2016
    Australia’s health system needs an overhaul to stamp out institutional racism that deters Indigenous people from getting treatment before it’s too late, according to one of the authors of a recent suicide prevention report. “Our [...]
  • Visiting health expert’s plea to beat abuse

    November 9, 2016
    The global community, including the World Health Organisation, needs to get to the bottom of the domestic violence scourge affecting many of the world’s Indigenous communities, according to a visiting Norwegian mental health and substance [...]
A respected community health service and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects have joined forces to produce a powerful music video aimed at stopping domestic violence.


  • Oz Day comedy gala sounds just about perfect

    December 21, 2016
    First Fremantle abandoned its Australia Day celebrations in favour of a more culturally-inclusive celebration two days later. Now some of Australia’s most prominent comedians will take to the stage in a Reconciliation Comedy Gala in [...]
  • Caitlin’s ‘overwhelming wow moment’

    November 9, 2016
    It’s a busy time for USQ Master of Science (Research) student and proud Bundjalung woman Caitlin Easton. Not only is she hard at work as a research assistant and student exploring community perceptions of Indigenous [...]


  • Swan Lake inspiration for trail-blazing ballerina

    November 17, 2016
    Ella Havelka was seven years old when her mother played her an old VHS recording of a performance of Swan Lake, unknowingly setting her on a course to become the first Indigenous ballerina in the [...]
  • Bangarra back treading the Terrain

    October 20, 2016
    Sydney-based Bangarra Dance Theatre company will tour regional Western Australia and South Australia in coming weeks with its production, Terrain. Terrain explores the connection between Aboriginal people and the land and was choreographed by Frances [...]


  • Mansell draws new boundaries for Aboriginal state

    December 21, 2016
    Central Australia could become a seventh, Aboriginal State taking in land from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland under a plan put forward by Tasmanian lawyer and veteran activist Michael Mansell. In [...]



  • Airileke and Benny cry freedom over West Papuan rule

    December 1, 2016
    A freedom song co-written by exiled West Papuan Independence leader Benny Wenda and Melbourne music producer Airileke Ingram has been released to coincide with West Papua’s Independence Day. Ingram, who is of Melanesian descent, said [...]
  • Researcher can feel answers in her bones

    November 23, 2016
    The state-of-the-art bone technology used by early Indigenous communities may help reveal how they colonised Australia and carved out lives in a new world. From bone nose ornaments to ceremonial bones and work tools, the [...]
  • Cultural connection for children in care

    November 17, 2016
    A new partnership aims to ensure Indigenous children in care remain connected to culture and country. The partnership between Gudjagang Ngara li-dhi (GNL) and child protection charity Barnardos Australia is the first of its kind [...]
  • We need to stop another Stolen Generation, says Archie

    November 3, 2016
    Singer-songwriter Archie Roach won a Human Rights award for his song Took the Children Away which was based on his own experience as a child of the Stolen Generation. Now he says something needs to [...]
  • National Congress on verge of extinction, say leaders

    October 27, 2016
    Hopes for a workable, well-funded Indigenous Congress — once lauded as a turning point in Australia’s reconciliation process— are in tatters, with the organisation set up to unite Indigenous Australians on the brink of folding. Directors [...]


  • SA begins Treaty talks with First Australians

    December 21, 2016
    South Australia has become the latest State to enter treaty talks. SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Kyam Maher said the State would begin the talks as a step towards reconciliation and Aboriginal governance. [...]
  • Victoria honours community leaders

    December 7, 2016
    The achievements of ten Aboriginal leaders have received official recognition from the Victorian Government. The ten have been inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll and their stories will be on permanent display in the [...]
  • Skills boost for Torres Strait rangers

    November 23, 2016
    A group of Torres Strait rangers are on their way to becoming better leaders and managers. The 17 Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) rangers are part way through a certificate IV in leadership and management [...]


  • The Australia Day debate; Us and Them

    December 21, 2016
     I am confident that our young people will carry on the traditions of citizenship which have done so much to give Australia a proud history. So said Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia, in an [...]
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  • Commercial TV too white and it’s not alright

    December 7, 2016
    Commercial television had “a long way to go” before it reflected the diversity of Australian society, acclaimed filmmaker Rachel Perkins said this week. Ms Perkins, the filmmaker behind television series such as Redfern Now and [...]
  • Arts grant to help author reveal story of sisters

    November 9, 2016
    Author Cathy Craigie has been awarded the prestigious 2016 New South Wales Aboriginal Arts Fellowship of $30,000 to research a powerful story from the north of the State. The Aboriginal writer will undertake her fellowship [...]
  • Deakin dudes head OS for design workshops

    November 3, 2016
    Melbourne’s Deakin University is working on an international guide to help visual designers use culturally-aware and accurate representations of Indigenous imagery in their work. Development of the International Indigenous Design Charter begins next month when [...]


  • Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

    April 12, 2016
    Sydney researchers are using century-old survey data to help unlock the locations and meaning of Indigenous Australian place names across the country. The State Library of NSW’s Weemala (“Big Lookout”) Project is an interactive experiment [...]
  • Sydney turns to Gadigal language names

    March 24, 2016
    Historic buildings in Green Square and a network of wetlands in Sydney Park will be renamed with Aboriginal words in a move the City of Sydney hopes will bring our first language back into everyday [...]



  • Ella’s war of words with Cheika kicks off again

    December 21, 2016
    Rugby union great Glen Ella says he doesn’t want Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s job. Ella was backs coach for the England team when it toured Australia this year, but told the National Indigenous Times he’s not [...]
  • Deek on the seek for new generation of runners

    December 1, 2016
    Marathon great Robert de Castella is looking for his new squad of Indigenous runners to tackle the iconic New York Marathon. De Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundation announced this week that applications are now open for [...]
  • Nowra hosts feast of football

    November 23, 2016
    Mobs from around the country converged on Nowra this month to compete and celebrate grassroots football. It was grassroots football of the round ball kind at its finest – energetic, enthusiastic, passionate and skilled. The [...]
  • Blowing the whistle on AFL and free kicks for Vics

    November 17, 2016
    As early as 1980, the East Perth Football Club applied to join the Victorian Football League (VFL). A year or so later, the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) approved a composite club application to [...]
  • Not everyone’s a fan of females on the footy field

    October 27, 2016
    What is the fundamental difference between men and women? Science (and observation) says that muscle mass and body composition are the two key differences between the sexes – men are (generally) bigger, faster, stronger. “Hence, it [...]


  • Santa and his Minions come to Katherine – and win $250

    December 21, 2016
    Santa swapped his elves for Minions when Christmas came to Katherine in the Northern Territory. Members of the Barunga community, east of the town, won best decorated float at the annual Katherine Christmas street party [...]
  • Madalah ‘ups the ante’ in latest support program

    December 7, 2016
    The not-for-profit Madalah organisation in Western Australia has been granted a new five-year contract to run its Broome accommodation facility, Nyirrwa Murrgurlayi, which provides a home-away-from-home for people studying and training in the Kimberley town. [...]
  • Songwriter targeted over Oz Day comments

    December 1, 2016
    The rest of Australia should follow the lead of the West Australian port city of Fremantle and scrap Australia Day celebrations, say supporters. The City of Fremantle announced last Friday that it was replacing its [...]
  • Bring back Hoges says Ernie as he launches latest TV project

    December 1, 2016
    Ernie Dingo is hoping to put the ‘Australia’ back in Australian television. The television presenter and actor says Australian networks are losing their national identity as shows capturing the Aussie spirit disappear from the small [...]
  • Don’t gamble on your future, says former NRL champ

    October 19, 2016
    Former NRL player and descendent of the Gamilaroi people, Ashley Gordon, will share tips about what it means to gamble responsibly at a community barbeque to be held by the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal [...]


  • 200K boost to Taungurung in land battle

    December 21, 2016
    The Victorian government is providing $200,000 in funding to the Taungurung people to continue their native title negotiations. Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, Ben Carroll, said the funding would support the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to [...]
  • Access deal hailed as goldmine for Nyiyaparli

    December 7, 2016
    A land access agreement between the Nyiyaparli People in Western Australia’s Pilbara and Greenmount Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX-listed gold explorer and developer Capricorn Metals, was this week hailed as a boon for [...]
  • Business leader blasts Native Title avoidance

    December 7, 2016
    Australian governments and industry have a higher level of responsibility to earn their social licence to operate when it comes to Native Title and Aboriginal affairs, leading Indigenous businessman and co-owner of the National Indigenous [...]



  • Revered Cape York educator bows out

    November 23, 2016
    Reverend Mary Eseli is taking a well-learned retirement after making an enormous contribution to the Cape York community. Mary spent three decades educating and caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern [...]
  • University honours midwife who delivers

    November 17, 2016
    Indigenous midwife and Central Arrernte woman Cherisse Buzzacott has been named Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) 2016 Alumni of the Year. Ms Buzzacott was the first student to graduate from ACU’s Away from Base Bachelor of [...]
  • Abstudy cuts hurting low-income students from remote Oz

    October 27, 2016
    Students, trainees and apprentices from remote areas were being disadvantaged by a new approach to Abstudy from the Department of Social Services, a senior health educator has warned. Kelly Menzel, who trains students in New [...]
  • Emma-Lee off to Honkers in WA Govt exchange program

    October 14, 2016
    A 21-year-old Yawuru woman from Broome has been chosen to travel to Hong Kong as part of a cultural exchange program. Emma-Lee Foy will be among seven WA delegates who will visit Hong Kong in [...]



  • Indigenous innovators rewarded for their talents

    September 20, 2016
    Museum Victoria has appointed John Patten to the role of Manager of Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where he will oversee one of the most significant Aboriginal culture collections in the world. Patten comes [...]