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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Indigenous mother threatens to shoot 'privileged' white kids

Indigenous mother threatens to shoot 'privileged' white kids
- A MAJOR Coast school was put on high alert after an indigenous mother threatened to shoot all the "white, racist f---s" and "privileged, little white children" on the grounds. Iesha Lillian Nixon, 38, wasn't happy with the Department of Education and Training's response when she told them her son had ...

No wonder we Aboriginal people can't get ahead': Indigenous politician says paying respect to ...

No wonder we Aboriginal people can't get ahead': Indigenous politician says paying respect to ...
- A former indigenous politician who received a prestigious award from Barack Obama has described Aboriginal 'welcome to country' ceremonies as 'bulls***'. ... She has re-entered the public spotlight as her daughter Jacinta Price is attacked for campaigning to keep Australia Day on January 26.

Brisbane council opposition 'happy' to shift Australia Day, but not on its own

Brisbane council opposition 'happy' to shift Australia Day, but not on its own
- Calls for the nation's largest council to shift Australia Day celebrations have been thoroughly rejected, even as the Labor opposition endorsed a change to the national date. Brisbane City Council opposition leader Peter Cumming, making his public position on the controversial date known for what he ...

Ancient heritage lost or stolen in time, recovered

Ancient heritage lost or stolen in time, recovered
- Until two years ago her maternal grandmother looked into her family tree and discovered they had previously-unknown Indigenous heritage. ... “At the time I was learning about White Australia and the Stolen Generation in sociology and it really hit home, this is a part of my heritage and I didn't even know ...

Women take indigenous treaty process to Supreme Court

Women take indigenous treaty process to Supreme Court
- South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory are all moving to establish separate treaties with their Aboriginal language groups. The South Australian Labor government has appointed a treaty commissioner and in late 2016 allocated $4.4 million over five years to support the process.

They were first, and they survived — we should listen

They were first, and they survived — we should listen
- Has the government fundamentally misunderstood what recognition is about? It is not about equal citizenship or having some Aboriginal people in parliament, however distinguished. It is about the continuing place of Aboriginal people with their distinct collective identities as part of Australia both as a ...

Talent trumps skin colour

Talent trumps skin colour
- Cathy Freeman's gold medal run in the 2000 Olympics stands as one of the peak moments in Australian sport. Former Sydney Swans star Adams Goodes is one of many indigenous AFL stars. Tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley is possibly still Australia's most admired athlete. Aboriginal boxer ...

Centrelink allowed companies accused of exploitation to deduct payments from welfare

Centrelink allowed companies accused of exploitation to deduct payments from welfare
- Most of the customers of its Darwin store, including many Indigenous Australians, received government benefits as their only source of income. The company was renting white goods to people who could not read the contracts and did not understand what they were signing up to. The corporate regulator ...

Australian Philanthropists Urged to Conserve the Country's Natural Wonders

Australian Philanthropists Urged to Conserve the Country's Natural Wonders
- As people get older, they think back to the times they enjoyed in nature and we see the degradation of those places around the world and people want to preserve that experience of spending time in a healthy environment.” Gilmore's message to Australian philanthropists was that it was “absolutely not ...

8 reasons it's OK to have a quarter life crisis

8 reasons it's OK to have a quarter life crisis
- "When we're very young, 30 seems ridiculously old and we have all these images of what we'll be doing at what age, even if we don't actually verbalise them", Stephanie Varda, life coach specialising in stress and image management, explains. "But as we approach that age we can start to panic a little ...

What African gangs? The youth crime scare is simply class warfare

What African gangs? The youth crime scare is simply class warfare
- Crime is largely a by-product of poverty — not one that can be solved by demonising young people and locking children in prison cells. If the Government were serious about stopping crime and violence, then it would fix poverty in Australia. Anything less is pissing in the wind. It has been 30 years since ...

Sofia University: New student society to fight homophobia

Sofia University: New student society to fight homophobia
- A new student organisation at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski intends to fight homophobia and transphobia. The “Student Society for Equality” also said it was going to raise awareness about everything having to do with the LGBT community among both students and professors. According to the ...

How FX's 'Versace' Tackles Homophobia and the Family's Main Point of Contention

How FX's 'Versace' Tackles Homophobia and the Family's Main Point of Contention
- Writer Tom Rob Smith weighs in on Maureen Orth's reporting, while Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin sound off on the institutionalized homophobia that led to Versace's murder. The Versace family has now issued two statements denouncing FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime ...

Toulon insist France centre Bastareaud 'is not homophobic'

Toulon insist France centre Bastareaud 'is not homophobic'
- Toulon defended their France international centre Mathieu Bastareaud on Monday after he used a homophobic slur to insult a Treviso player. The French club said 29-year-old Bastareaud was "in no way homophobic" despite the incident involving Sebastian Negri in Sunday's European ...

We might be celebrating, but despite same-sex marriage, we're far from equal

We might be celebrating, but despite same-sex marriage, we're far from equal
- But the trans footballer says society Australia is ignoring something. ... I've already seen countless comment pieces and op-eds in major papers, celebrating that today is the day the LGBT community is finally seen as equal, but quite frankly, for the T component of the umbrella, that's bullsh*t. I can't ...

Tennis sexuality battle has no place on court

Tennis sexuality battle has no place on court
- Inevitably this LGBT controversy was going to gain traction in a country that has just voted to make same-sex marriage legal. At a press conference in Australia, Konta was asked how she felt about playing at a venue called the Margaret Court Arena. Konta, who comes across as intelligent and reflective ...

From Martin Luther King to Trump: how speeches reflect our world

From Martin Luther King to Trump: how speeches reflect our world
- For Māori New Zealanders, the settlements represent an acknowledgement of the injustices faced by generations of families, injustice that is still woven throughout our nation's socio-economic fabric. As some young women from Otorohanga College said when they launched a petition for students to ...

Maori focus needed for mental health action

Maori focus needed for mental health action
- The New Zealand Psychological Society says mental health policy needs to include a focus on the historical events that have led to Maori and Pasifika people being disproportionately affected by poor mental health. The advice comes in what the society is calling its briefing to the incoming Health ...

Te reo experts say Professor Paul Moon's claims Moari language is in trouble are 'ludicrous' and ...

Te reo experts say Professor Paul Moon's claims Moari language is in trouble are 'ludicrous' and ...
- Experts in Te Reo Maori Professor Pou Temara and Professor Rangi Matamua have responded to Paul Moon saying his claims that the Maori language is in trouble are ridiculous ... Mr Moon's controversial claims stem from his new book Killing Te Reo Maori: An Indigenous Language Facing Extinction.

No one's going to do a haka if you get it wrong'

No one's going to do a haka if you get it wrong'
- Mr Apanui says New Zealanders are now using Māori more, but efforts to pronounce the language correctly remain crucial. "Pronunciation is always going to be hugely important," he says. "If Māori all went around pronouncing English incorrectly, people wouldn't understand a thing we're saying.".

Obsession with pronunciation killing te reo Māori - historian

Obsession with pronunciation killing te reo Māori - historian
- In a new book, Killing Te Reo Māori: An Indigenous Language Facing Extinction, Prof Moon argues that many of our approaches to saving Te Reo are backfiring, and the language could soon be dead as a result. "Every year, we see a new campaign, and new method, or a new idea which its backers ...

Mental health a serious public health issue in New Zealand

Mental health a serious public health issue in New Zealand
- We are concerned about the shortage of psychologists in New Zealand, particularly Māori and Pasifika psychologists, and the lack of opportunities for psychologists to utilize their full range of skills.” NZPsS says it offers its expertise in assisting the new Minister to make a positive difference in mental ...

Monolingual no more: Kiwi kids take up diverse languages

Monolingual no more: Kiwi kids take up diverse languages
- The Human Rights Commission developed a language policy in 2008 that advocates giving all New Zealanders a chance to learn te reo Māori and NZ Sign Language, supporting Pacific and other migrants to learn their heritage languages, and encouraging Kiwis to study global languages. Auckland ...

Bill sparks debate on languages in schools

Bill sparks debate on languages in schools
- Kaye's bill would empower the Education Minister to issue a "national language policy" and to prescribe "a minimum of 10 national priority languages, which must include te reo Māori and NZ Sign Language". When she first announced the policy in August, she said Mandarin, French, Spanish, Japanese ...