Close the Gap report to show three of seven targets on track

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will hand down the 10th annual report on the Close the Gap strategy on Monday.

Malcolm Turnbull insists jobs and setting up businesses are crucial to improving the lives of indigenous Australians as he prepares to hand down the annual Closing the Gap report.

The latest report card on the federal government’s strategy shows just three of its seven targets are on track, a decade after it was launched to improve the lives of indigenous Australians.

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Founder of Yothu Yindi says African gangs “an insult to First Australians”

ONE of Australia’s most senior Aboriginal tribal leaders has delivered a sharp message to African gangs causing fear across Melbourne, telling them that their poor behaviour is an insult to the First Australians.

Witiyana Marika, 56, from Yirrkala community in northeast Arnhem Land, said images of young men brawling, smashing shops and frightening people were confronting and needed to stop.

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‘Didgeridoo is his voice’: how Djalu Gurruwiwi embodies the sound of a continent

The Indigenous elder revered by some as ‘Australia’s Dalai Lama’ is the spiritual keeper of the didgeridoo. A new exhibition honours his legacy and the immense significance of the Yolngu instrument that is helping to heal a divided country.

He is Djalu Gurruwiwi: a Yolngu elder and lawman from north-east Arnhem Land, a songster, healer, virtuoso and master craftsman of the yidaki (didgeridoo), as well as the instrument’s spiritual keeper. From up here he surveys his Australian Rules team, smiles and nods in approval as his players go through their pre-season paces, calling for the ball and kicking and marking, on this humid morning.

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Urbanites ‘rip off bush indigenous people’

Desperately needed GST money is being ripped from remote Aboriginal communities as more urbanites self-identify as indigenous, the Yothu Yindi Foundation says.

A boom in urbanites identifying as indigenous is taking much needed GST money from marginalised communities in the bush, a Northern Territory Aboriginal body has said.

The Yothu Yindi Foundation has told the productivity commission the GST formula fails to recognise the “vastly divergent circumstances” between privileged city dwellers and those living in extremely needy remote communities.

“Illiterate welfare-dependent families living in humpies in Papunya clearly should rate higher than a double-income, university-educated family living in their own home in Parramatta,” Yothu Yindi Foundation chief executive Denise Bowden said.

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The artists saving traditional knowledge for the next generation

English-born landscape artist John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda, a Yolngu bark painter from north-east Arnhem Land, may seem an unlikely alliance.

People might look at Wolseley, his lineage traceable to the Saxons, and Mulkun, the daughter of a murdered warrior, her Yolngu ancestors on this continent for tens of thousands of years before time held meaning, as coming from different worlds.

But the truth is that, despite their divergent backgrounds, they inhabit the same world in a universe whose truth has drawn them inextricably together.

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Buried tools and pigments tell a new history of humans in Australia for 65,000 years

The question of when people first arrived in Australia has been the subject of lively debate among archaeologists, and one with important consequences for the global story of human evolution. Australia is the end point of early modern human migration out of Africa, and sets the minimum age for the global dispersal of humans.

This event was remarkable on many fronts, as it represented the largest maritime migration yet undertaken, the settlement of the driest continent on Earth, and required adaptation to vastly different flora and fauna.

Although it is well known that anatomically modern humans were in Africa before 200,000 years ago and China around 80,000 years ago, many archaeologists believe that Australia was not occupied until 47,000 years ago.

But our research, published today in Nature, pushes back the timing of this event to at least 65,000 years ago.

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Iconic band Yothu Yindi set for remarkable comeback

ICONIC band Yothu Yindi is set to make a remarkable comeback later this month, continuing their legacy following the passing of two original members.

It has been 25 years since Yothu Yindi’s massive hit Treaty was released and five years since they appeared together onstage.

Original members of the group Witiyana Marika, Stuart Kellaway and Kevin Marlangay are reuniting for a short southern tour kicking off on November 18, and also for a special performance at the Sydney Opera House on November 26.

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The Indigenous Australian Invitational Rugby Team – 2018 USA/Canada Tour


SEEKING players

The team will tour New York City, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Denver and Longbeach California.


Applications are now open to tour.

In 2018 The IAIR will tour Canada and USA. The tour will be in September late 2018. It will consist of six games over two weeks. (Program below)

The IAIR looks to empower young Indigenous men by assisting them with their educational, employment and social goals. We aim to develop future indigenous leaders and take into account efforts made by applicants on and off the field when offering an invitation to tour.

Within the year period the IAIR will aim to assist selected players with their rugby development, studies, housing and employment options.

Expected financial commitment

If invited a non-refundable deposit of $250 must be paid on acceptance to tour.

The tour is estimated to cost approximately $6500 each including kit, flights (Townsville to New York, Toronto to Denver, Denver to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Sydney), Bus transport, entrance into tourist attractions, all breakfasts’ and accommodation. (not including spending money).

All monies (excluding the deposit) paid will be refundable up to six months prior to tour departure.

Players will be required to make regular and timely payments.

The IAIR does not make a profit from the tour. Management, support staff including Doctor , Physiotherapist and coaches are all volunteers and do not get paid.

Tour requirements

Players will need to be aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the tour.

– Individual conditioning and fitness will be the responsibility of each successful touring player and crucial for the playing and training requirements for the tour.

– Note: Diet and training support will be made available to all players if required. (done via email, video conferencing or phone)

Players must be registered and remain registered with a rugby union club and or school team

Players must meet payment deadlines. domestic flights to Townsville and from Sydney to your home town, passports, travel insurance and visas are not included in the touring package.

It is advised that invited players research appropriate travel insurance packages

Players will be expected to participate in all team events while on tour including functions, sightseeing, coaching clinics and spending at least one day volunteering with a Canadian based charity.

Players and support staff will need at least 17 days leave from their employer to tour. This will include a three day pre departure camp in Townsville, Queensland.

Players that are students need to consider their university, high school or college study and exam requirements when applying to tour.

All enquiries can be directed to Darrell Morris – 0407057808


Darrell Morris



Rugby tour 2018

‪12-14 September‬ 
Training camp Townsville Queensland.

‪Saturday 15 September‬ flights
Townsville to New York City
Training if possible

‪Sunday 16 September‬ 
Team event – statue of Liberty and ‪9/11‬ memorial.
Coaching clinic visit school in Brooklyn
Free night

‪Monday 17 September‬
Free day

‪Tuesday 18 September‬
Team training
Drive to West Point
Early night game v West Point and travel to Boston

‪Wednesday 19 September‬ 
team Visit to jfk library
Night training
Free night

‪Thursday 20 September‬ 
Morning game v Harvard
Drive to Montreal
Recovery session
Free night

‪Friday 21 September‬ 
Morning Training
Visit Kahnawake People in the Mohawk territory
Night Game v Montreal in Mohawk territory

SATURDAY 22 September‬ 
free day

‪Sunday 23 September‬ 
Travel to Toronto 5 hours
Free afternoon
Game v Ontario Rep team

‪Monday 24 September‬
team event bus will go to Niagara Falls

Tuesday 25 September‬ 
Flight to Denver
Free night

‪Wednesday 26 September‬ 
free time possible events with USA rugby
Game v Native American team

‪Thursday 27 September‬
Fly Denver to LA
Training / Compton
meet billets after training
Free day

‪Friday 28 September‬ 
Morning free
Game v Longbeach
meet Longbeach Indig community at the university
Night free

‪Saturday 29 September‬ 
Morning Hollywood and Santa Monica fly out that night


Irish Travellers and Aboriginal People Share the Same Plight in the Modern World

Though they inhabit opposite sides of the world, according to prominent academics at Melbourne University, Indigenous Australians and Irish Travellers share a similar history of discrimination, poverty and marginalisation. Indigenous Australians and Irish Travellers might be separated by twelve thousand miles and thousands of years of separate history, but today they share a common story.