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WA tip-toes over controversy as new Cultural Heritage Act launched
The WA government has pinned its hopes on an implementation group to aid and address ongoing concerns over its controversial new...
David Prestipino 1 Jul 2023
Backlash at handling of WA's new Aboriginal heritage laws forces major change
The WA Government has made a raft of eleventh-hour concessions to its controversial new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act just da...
David Prestipino 28 Jun 2023
Farmers, Traditional Owners want new cultural heritage laws delayed
There is concern from both the farming and First Nations communities as Western Australia prepares for new Aboriginal cultural h...
David Prestipino 12 Jun 2023
WA Government allocates $281.5m for First Nations issues in state budget
The Western Australian government hopes $281.5 million of initiatives committed in the 2023-24 state budget will improve the liv...
Death on our streets
Please note: This story contains reference to people who have died.   At least eight Noongar women have died homeless in P...
Giovanni Torre 7 Jul 2022
Dirty water despair

There are 44 communities with WA’s Department of Communities that don’t have access to microbial water testing, with some community members drinking from water supplies that haven’...

Sarah Smit Sep 7, 2021
Stephen Dawson disappoints WA Traditional Owners again

WA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Stephen Dawson has again disappointed Traditional Owners who were keen to discuss the State Government’s proposed Aboriginal heritage legislation...

Giovanni Torre Aug 27, 2021
Banjima Elder Slim Parker says Aboriginal people 'must be heard' in new heritage bill

Banjima Elder Slim Parker has hailed the solidarity between Traditional Owners from the Kimberley and Pilbara region as a powerful force for change to Western Australia’s long-inad...

Giovanni Torre Aug 20, 2021
Hundreds protest WA's proposed Aboriginal cultural heritage laws

About 500 people gathered on the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament House Thursday morning to support Traditional Owners from across the State as they protested the WA's draft...

Sarah Smit Aug 20, 2021
Dawson falls short on Aboriginal cultural heritage

On 18 August, the State Labor Government announced $11 million in support of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021. But bizarrely, about $1 million of it is earmarked for the...

Guest Author Aug 19, 2021
Traditional Owners gear up to march for heritage

Traditional Owners will march on Parliament House on Thursday to deliver a message stick to Premier Mark McGowan calling for meaningful protections for Aboriginal heritage in Weste...

Sarah Smit Aug 18, 2021
Albany housing facility remains empty while mob sleep rough in streets

While homeless Aboriginal people sleep on Albany’s streets, a housing complex built for them has remained empty for more than two years after being closed for “anti-social” behavio...

Giovanni Torre Aug 18, 2021
Human rights lawyer says WA Government has 'very active role in aggressive child removal practices'

An Aboriginal human rights lawyer has hit out at claims the Aboriginal community-controlled sector doesn’t have the capacity to support the statewide rollout of Aboriginal Family-L...

Sarah Smit Aug 6, 2021
Indigenous death highlights urgency of WA homelessness crisis

Please note: This story contains reference to someone who has died.   The death of Noongar woman Alana Garlett on the cold streets of Perth has driven home the urgency of the Ind...

Giovanni Torre Aug 4, 2021
McGowan Government has 'once in a lifetime' chance to address past wrongs

As a kid growing up in Derby, my parents told me how my great-great-grandmothers and grandfathers hunted and gathered on our lands and waters before non-Indigenous people arrived i...

Guest Author Aug 3, 2021
Proposed heritage law an 'abuse of human rights' says Kado Muir

A Ngalia leader has taken his calls for help to the United Nations after serious concerns Western Australia’s new heritage laws will put Indigenous communities' human rights at sta...

Britney Coulson Jul 30, 2021
Recognition for Whadjuk over Boorloo

The City of Perth has agreed to a Yacker Danjoo Ngala Bidi with the Whadjuk Noongar people, recognising them as the Traditional Owners of Boorloo, the Country Perth CBD is built on...

Sarah Smit Jul 28, 2021
New 100-bed homelessness facility to open in Perth CBD

A 100-bed homelessness facility in the Perth CBD is set to assist rough sleepers when it opens its doors next month. The Department of Communities has secured the lease for 300...

Aaron Bloch Jul 23, 2021
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