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Pub accused of banning ‘blacks’ allegedly tried to block Aboriginal man from collecting pokies winnings

By Elias Clure
ABC News

  • Brenton Carter won over $12,500 playing pokies at Rorkes, but staff say they were instructed to tell him he was “too drunk” to collect
  • They also said they were told to keep putting Mr Carter off until he stopped coming in to collect his winnings
  • Audio recordings capture Rorkes owner Mitch McNamee telling staff not to pay out
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Dole scheme in Aboriginal communities ‘like being a slave’

Disturbing new data reveals the impact Australia’s flagship remote employment program is having on Indigenous people across the country, prompting claims it is worsening poverty in communities.

Unemployed people in remote areas must take part in the troubled Community Development Program (CDP) to receive welfare payments and can be docked about $50 per day for missing activities.

Region-by-region penalty statistics show places with higher levels of Indigenous participants were issued with more penalties, prompting claims the $275-million-a-year scheme is “racist”.

Last Rabbit-Proof Fence sister Daisy Kadibil dies

The youngest of three girls from Western Australia’s north-west, whose life story inspired the award-winning film Rabbit-Proof Fence, has died at the age of 95.

Martu woman Daisy Kadibil was a small child when she was taken away from her family as part of the Stolen Generations.

She and her sister, Molly, and cousin, Gracie, used the rabbit-proof fence to find their way home from the Moore River Native Settlement, a 1600-kilometre journey.

Australia finally forms its own space agency

The Australian federal government has announced an investment of $50 million to help seed the formation of a national space agency. The move, expected to generate thousands of jobs, is as much a strategic one as it is fiscal.

“We are dependent on other countries who can choose their own national interest over and above ours,” Kim Carr, who serves as the Labor Party’s science and research spokesperson, told Australia’s ABC News. “We certainly need to be able to protect our domestic interests, we need to build our industry capability and we need to secure the jobs of the future for Australia.”