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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Migrant students outperforming native English speakers: NAPLAN results

Migrant students outperforming native English speakers: NAPLAN results
- The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) also welcomed the gains in Indigenous student performance, but said significant challenges remain for those in remote areas. "Innovative provision established by AHISA members and their schools demonstrate that partnerships 

Indigenous recognition long overdue

Indigenous recognition long overdue
Australia promised to close the gaps but this year, again, it was found to be failing in all key measures except one. Indigenous people need a direct voice in the political processes that affect them directly. This year, they found a way to bring about that change, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart won ...

Nurse stood down for racist social media rant, employment lawyer says breaches are common

Nurse stood down for racist social media rant, employment lawyer says breaches are common
- The response on social media was fast and fierce, with local Aboriginal people writing of their disgust. "Broome has historically been a very multicultural community, but no child anywhere should fear threats from an adult," wrote Marlikka Perdrisat. "I thought that at the least Australia could learn from ...

Organ transplant system 'tipped towards non-Indigenous patients'

Organ transplant system 'tipped towards non-Indigenous patients'
- Dr Paul Lawton, a specialist at the Menzies School of Health Research, said Australian kidney specialists were "well meaning" but that structural racism had led to unacceptably low transplant rates for Aboriginal patients. He said Australia's system was tipped towards waitlisting non-Indigenous patients, ...

Mundine: 'My mates call me a media tart'

Mundine: 'My mates call me a media tart'
- One of Indigenous Australia's most influential political figures has revealed he doesn't believe Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has “any real interest in Indigenous affairs”. Warren Mundine makes the claim in his new autobiography Warren Mundine: In Black + White, in which he goes so far as to say Mr ...

25 years on, Karla laments lack of change

25 years on, Karla laments lack of change
- The secret to Australia's queen of Indigenous television Karla Grant's seemingly endless energy may well lie in a treadmill in a Sydney gym. For a decade and a half, Grant has maintained a breakneck pace as one of NITV's most recognisable faces — the anchor of Living Black, the show she gave life to ...

Drop in youth crime rates not reflected in Aboriginal arrests

Drop in youth crime rates not reflected in Aboriginal arrests
- YOUTH crime in South Australia has dropped by almost a third over the past five years, with police figures revealing a significant group of offenders are ... The figures, compiled by the Attorney-General's Department using SAPOL data, show that in 2016 police apprehended 3404 non-Aboriginal youths .

House of Commons gearing up for Indigenous languages in chamber

House of Commons gearing up for Indigenous languages in chamber
- According to the 2016 census, there are 70 Aboriginal languages in Canada divided into 12 language families: Algonquian languages, Inuit languages, Athabaskan languages, Siouan languages, Salish languages, Tsimshian languages, Wakashan languages, Iroquoian languages, Michif, Tlingit, ...

Spending by Chinese tourists reaches record $10 billion in Australia

Spending by Chinese tourists reaches record $10 billion in Australia
- Sydney tour guide Ling Lee says Chinese travellers are increasingly shunning organised trips and her clients are usually older Chinese who are more traditional tourists. "To Chinese people, we do not enjoy the sunshine. Some people use umbrellas and clothes to cover and protect from the sunshine.

Science links gay sons to mums' immune systems

Science links gay sons to mums' immune systems
- Blood tests reveal that women with gay sons — and particularly gay sons with straight older brothers — have antibodies that target proteins involved in male ... University of Western Australia geneticist Nina McCarthy said genome-wide studies were usually designed to explore the underlying biology of ...

Debate in Australia on religious freedoms after historic vote to legalise same-sex marriage

Debate in Australia on religious freedoms after historic vote to legalise same-sex marriage
Australia is facing a growing debate on whether to do more to protect religious freedoms following the historic legalisation of same-sex marriage. Religious groups lead the opposition to the Parliament's changes last week to marriage laws and insist that people such as wedding celebrants, ..

Football fans are becoming less homophobic, global poll reveals

Football fans are becoming less homophobic, global poll reveals
- Four out of five British football fans would have no problem if an international player from one of the home nations came out as gay or bisexual, a poll has revealed.

How Australia's first wedding can happen within a month

How Australia's first wedding can happen within a month
- Megan and Stephanie had plenty of evidence to back up their application for a waiver, so they got the thumbs up to skip the wait and probably hold the first legal same-sex wedding in Australia. But the ABC has confirmed there are two other couples with waivers — one in Victoria, and one in New South ..

Study reveals high relationship quality in same-sex couples

Study reveals high relationship quality in same-sex couples
- In countries such as Australia, same-sex couples and their families are being subjected to intense public scrutiny. This study provides timely evidence to combat erroneous stereotypes, demonstrating that these are loving, happy and functional couples," said co-author Dr. Francisco Perales, of The ...

First gay couple to get married in Australia

First gay couple to get married in Australia
- TWO Melbourne women will likely be the first same-sex couple to marry with a ceremony planned for next Thursday. It was expected the first sex-same couples would start getting married from January 9 because all couples need to give celebrants one month's notice of their intention to wed.

Football fans are becoming less homophobic, global poll reveals

Football fans are becoming less homophobic, global poll reveals
- We believe the upcoming World Cups are an opportunity to shine a light on what the situation is like for LGBT people in Russia and Qatar and start conversations that can lead to positive change." This is the second time Football Forza and Stonewall have teamed up to do this poll, the largest of its kind, ...

West Papuans pleaded for US help in 1960s amid Indonesia takeover

West Papuans pleaded for US help in 1960s amid Indonesia takeover
- An April 1966 cable recorded the "eloquence and intensity" of Markus Kaisiepo, an exiled Papuan leader, who spoke with a senior US official about the "desperate plight of the Papua people under Indonesian rule." Mr Kaisiepo said Papuans were determined to have independence but were completely ...

Troubled Papua New Guinea deep-sea mine faces environmental challenge

Troubled Papua New Guinea deep-sea mine faces environmental challenge
- Nautilus told the Guardian it has conducted dozens of community meetings – reaching more than 30,000 people from nearby islands – and has had its key documents, including a detailed environmental impact statement, publicly available for years. But members of nearby communities, represented by ...

Giant Penguin: This Ancient Bird Was As Tall As a Refrigerator

Giant Penguin: This Ancient Bird Was As Tall As a Refrigerator
- Its genus name, Kumimanu, was inspired by the Maori indigenous culture of New Zealand. In the Maori culture, "kumi" is a mythological monster, and "manu" is the Maori word for "bird." The species name, biceae, honors Tennyson's mother, Beatrice "Bice" A. Tennyson, who encouraged him to pursue .

Push for smokefree cars

Push for smokefree cars
- Lance Norman from Maori public health organisation Hapai Te Hauora says it's a great opportunity for new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to deliver on her commitment to prioritise the wellbeing of children. He says the most likely to benefit will be Maori children, but it's important a health-based approach ...

NZ bone marrow registry needs more donors

NZ bone marrow registry needs more donors
- Just 2.5 per cent of New Zealanders are blood donors and an even smaller portion of those are on the bone marrow register. Ms Cliffe says they're hoping to convert blood donors into bone marrow donors too, and are focused particularly on people with Maori and Pasifika ancestry. "Maori and Pasifika ...

Māori man surprises everyone with wedding proposal on live TV

Māori man surprises everyone with wedding proposal on live TV
- You know, to make sure that his family were accepting of the idea but also present when it happened.' Both men are members of their country's respective Indigenous communities. Stewart is an Aboriginal Australian from the Eora Nation, which is the land in and around Sydney. Haeta is Māori, which are ...

Historical trauma behind high suicide stats

Historical trauma behind high suicide stats
And I'm saying this because I was there in 1988 saying we have to do something about Maori youth suicide. We were told youth suicide is a youth issue and there are no particular impacts for Maori over and above any other young person in this nation and we were told that by the then Ministry for Youth ...

Ancient giant penguin was as big as a grown man

Ancient giant penguin was as big as a grown man
Maori monster. Mayr and others describe the giant creature in a paper released Tuesday by the journal Nature Communications. They named it Kumimanu biceae, which refers to Maori words for a large mythological monster and a bird, and the mother of one of the study's authors. The fossils are 56 ...