Sen. Malarndirri McCarthy (ALP-NT) – Maiden Speech

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy has delivered her maiden speech as an ALP representative from the Northern Territory.

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McCarthy is the second indigenous woman to be elected to the Senate. She succeeds the first, Nova Peris, who served one term following the 2013 federal election. McCarthy is joined by the first indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, Linda Burney, the ALP member for Barton. [Read more…]


Senator Patrick Dodson (ALP-WA) – Maiden Speech

Senator Patrick Dodson delivered his maiden speech to the Senate today.

Dodson

Dodson, 68, was chosen to fill a casual vacancy from Western Australia in the Senate, on April 28, following the resignation of Joe Bullock. He sat briefly in the 44th Parliament but did not make a maiden speech before the Parliament was dissolved for the July 2 election. [Read more…]


Linda Burney (ALP-Barton) – Maiden Speech

Linda Burney, the first indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, delivered her maiden speech today.

Burney

Burney, 59, is the ALP member for Barton (NSW). She was previously a member of the NSW Parliament, a minister in the last Labor government, and deputy leader of the Opposition between 2011 and 2016. [Read more…]


Indigenous Leader Pat Dodson To Become ALP Senator; Replaces Joe Bullock In Western Australia

The Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson is to become a Labor senator in Western Australia, replacing Joe Bullock.

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The announcement was made this morning by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, just 12 hours after Bullock announced his resignation in the Senate.

Dodson, aged 67 or 68, a Yaruwu man, is often described as the “father of reconciliation”. [Read more…]


Noel Pearson Praises The Australian’s Coverage Of Indigenous Issues In 50th Anniversary Speech

Noel Pearson, the Cape York Partnership chairman, has praised The Australian’s coverage of indigenous affairs over the past 50 years.

PearsonPearson spoke at a Gala Dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the paper’s founding on July 15, 1964.

Pearson said: “The Australian brought indigenous affairs into the mainstream of national reporting and policy debate. Ever since The Australian declared Eddie Mabo its Australian of the Year in 1992, following his historic and controversial victory in the High Court, the paper’s coverage of native title, reconciliation and the fundamental reassessments of indigenous policy of the past dozen years was newspaper campaigning at its relentless best.” [Read more…]


Abbott Presents Closing The Gap Report 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has presented the 2014 Closing the Gap report on Indigenous Australians.

Abbott said Aboriginal policy has become for him “personal rather than just political”. He said: “It has become a personal mission to help my fellow Australians to open their hearts, as much as to change their minds, on Aboriginal policy.”

This year’s Closing the Gap shows some progress. Halving the gap in child mortality within a decade is on track and the target of 95% of remote children enrolled for pre-school is close, as is the goal of halving the gap in Year 12 attainment by 2020. [Read more…]


Adam Goodes, Footballer Who Stood Up Against Racism, Named Australian Of The Year For 2014

Adam Goodes, the Sydney Swans and Australian Football League player, has been named Australian of the Year for 2014.

Goodes

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, at a ceremony in front of Parliament House tonight. [Read more…]