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Page and Mailman receive royal nod

by Tony Barrass in NEWS

Actor Deborah Mailman and Bangarra Dance Artistic Director Stephen Page were among those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this week. Mailman was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to performing arts and as a role model for Indigenous performers. The Mount Isa-born performer also took out a coveted Chauvel Award in April for [...]


  • Mintabie may be returned to traditional owners

    June 14, 2017
    Ownership and management of the South Australian outback opal mining town of Mintabie could be handed back to the traditional owners. The South Australian Government said it would review the lease agreement over the town [...]
  • Page and Mailman receive royal nod

    June 14, 2017
    Actor Deborah Mailman and Bangarra Dance Artistic Director Stephen Page were among those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this week. Mailman was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service [...]
  • Decision keeps Kings Canyon clear of mining

    June 14, 2017
    The traditional owners of Watarrka, or Kings Canyon National Park, in the Northern Territory have welcomed the news that their country is now officially off limits for mining and fracking. The Northern Territory Government has [...]
  • Human rights groups back Constitutional change

    June 14, 2017
    Australian human rights bodies have called on political leaders to work together for Constitutional reform for First Nations people. The New South Wales Parliament has already formally supported the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, which [...]
  • Marcia Langton takes aim at ‘cashed-up green groups’

    June 14, 2017
    The majority of Indigenous Australians are being thwarted in their efforts to build better lives by green groups that hijack debates and lobby against projects that would provide an economic return to communities, according to [...]
  • Territory women will march against violence

    June 14, 2017
    Aboriginal women from town camps in Alice Springs are taking to the streets over domestic violence in a move they hope will be a catalyst for change around Australia. “Too many women continue to be [...]

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    June 14, 2017
    The Australian National University is opening a new pathway for Indigenous and rural students to become doctors and health professionals. From 2018, the ANU Medical School will offer a new Bachelor of Health Science program, [...]
  • Emergency rooms need cultural overhaul, experts tell Govt

    May 31, 2017
    Australia’s hospital emergency departments should be overhauled to make them culturally-friendly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, according to the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. In a submission to the federal Department of Health’s [...]
  • Shirley Kusu turns a life with diabetes into a career of care

    May 17, 2017
    Shirley Kusu has turned her personal experience of living with diabetes in the remote Torres Strait into a career helping her community. A registered nurse who has been working for Queensland Health at the Thursday [...]
  • WA hotline tunes patients into their communities

    May 17, 2017
    A radio request show hopes to help Indigenous hospital patients in Western Australia stay connected to their communities. Noongar Radio in WA and the state’s South Metropolitan Health Service have launched Hospital Hotline, a patient [...]


  • Hip kids hop to it at Kimberley Moon

    May 31, 2017
    Children from two remote communities in Western Australia’s north-west put the hip and the hop into the annual Kimberley Moon concert, warming up the crowd for rock legends Jimmy Barnes and Daryl Braithwaite. The children, [...]
  • Bangarra back on the road rekindling dance desire

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    Bangarra dance company’s youth program, Rekindling, will be back on the road this year. Delivered across five new communities, it will visit Warrnambool in Victoria, Grafton in New South Wales, Docker River in the Northern Territory, [...]


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    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 [...]
  • Larrakia leaders look for ways out of $500,000 debt hole

    December 1, 2016
    The acting CEO of the financially-troubled Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation in Darwin is confident it will be back on its feet when it emerges from special administration at the end of March. Allan McGill, who was [...]


  • 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 [...]
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    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 [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • Runners ready to round the rock

    June 14, 2017
    Marathon great Robert de Castella will join runners from across Australia at Uluru on June 17 for the annual National Deadly Fun Run Championships. About 125 runners will take part in the event — a [...]
  • Karijini Experience continues to show Pilbara at its best

    May 17, 2017
    The fifth annual Karijini Experience is being hailed a success by organisers, attracting more than a thousand visitors to the national park in April. The five-day event in WA’s Pilbara region combined art, food, music, [...]
  • If your photos are this good, there’s a contest you should enter

    May 17, 2017
    One of Australia’s leading Aboriginal photographers, Professor Wayne Quilliam, is encouraging Indigenous people across the globe to enter a photographic competition dedicated to the preservation of culture. Professor Quilliam says Sinchi’s inaugural photography competition provides [...]
  • Barunga all set to light up the Territory

    March 22, 2017
    Aboriginal musicians Bunna Lawrie and Coloured Stone, singer-songwriter Missy Higgins and actress and singer Justine Clarke will be among the line-up at the Northern Territory’s Barunga Festival to be held in June. The annual three-day [...]
  • Star-studded line-up to wow Castlemaine

    February 15, 2017
    A night of story and song dedicated to the Dja Dja Wurrung people of central Victoria will be a special feature of the Castlemaine State Festival next month. ‘Ulumbarra’ will feature some of Australia’s best [...]

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  • Dance college performance is written in the stars

    June 14, 2017
    Stories from the stars from Torres Strait Islander culture is the basis for a new show by a top Indigenous dance college. The National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association dance college will perform Ngangga Ya [...]
  • Twists and turns of Bennelong inspire new show

    June 14, 2017
    The life of Woollarawarre Bennelong, one of the first Aboriginal men to be taken from his people and introduced to European ways in the 1700s, is the inspiration behind a new performance by Bangarra Dance [...]
  • Remote centre art finds big-city canvas

    June 14, 2017
    Aboriginal artists from 11 remote centres will be showing and selling their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories at a special art market in Sydney on July 2. The ‘Blak Markets’, to be held at Barangaroo [...]



  • ‘Rolled gold genius’ Ian Anderson wins top gong

    June 14, 2017
    SUPPLIED CONTENT Ian Anderson takes every step with grace. His aura of quiet authority and perspicacity is palpable, and his power lies in being able to tacitly lay down the rules of engagement. By his [...]
  • Qld honours reconciliation achievements

    June 14, 2017
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the winners of her government’s annual Reconciliation Awards earlier this month. The business award went to the Woodward Family CaPTA Group, which works in Indigenous employment. The Cairns Hockey Association [...]
  • ‘Skinny-ankled Noongar kid’ takes charge of Health

    February 1, 2017
    Australia’s new Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, hopes his legacy will be a health system where everyone is treated equally and Indigenous people are better represented in roles from doctors and [...]
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  • Harold Matthew runs past Big Ben and into history books

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    Indigenous runner Harold Matthew has conquered another of the world’s great running races and taken his place in history. Matthew, who ran laps of tiny Thursday Island to train for the London Marathon, crossed the [...]
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  • 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

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  • Indigenous fashion turns heads in Melbourne

    March 22, 2017
    Indigenous fashion took to the runway at the Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival on the weekend. Garments by Australian Aboriginal designers, New Zealand Maori designers and First Nations designers from Canada were showcased at the Global [...]



  • US journalist shines light on Oz race relations

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    February 28, 2017
    NITV is celebrating Race Week by collaborating with leading Australian photographer, Stuart Miller, to present a photo essay of portraits of Indigenous Australian Muslims. The concept stemmed from a thought-provoking quote from boxing legend Anthony [...]

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