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First Nations Political Party announces new pre-selection candidates
Australia's First Nations Political Party new candidates; Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM for the Senate and Kenneth Lechleitner for the seat of Lingiari.

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10-year policy for Indigenous health - 10 more years of despair
The federal government's 10 year health policy blueprint is touted to improve Indigenous health with its new policy guides - but time will tell.

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Australia's view on global refugee problem is 'distorted'
On his return from the Middle East Tim Costello says that Australia must confront our place in this complex global problem with fresh eyes.

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First Nations children overrepresented in out-of-home or foster care
Across the country, the rate of First Nations children needing care is 10 times that of non-Indigenous children and that gap is increasing every year.

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Frank Hytten: Better futures for Indigenous children
Transcript of interview with Frank Hytten on a better future for Indigenous children by Right Now Radio, Melbourne. Audio file included.

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No end to Western Australia’s jail rate shame
One in 70 Aboriginals are in an adult prison – another world record. In WA it is one in 35, and for adult males it is one in 14, more world records.

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Bess Price stopped from speaking to Griffith University
The indigenous support unit of Griffith University cancelled the appearance of NT MP, Bess Price by its acting head - by withdrawing the University's invitation.

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The 'Recognition' debate deserves better than this political jostling
When the time is ripe for discussion, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott just throw jibes at each other over who is the mosty committed to Aboriginal issues.

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What's it got to do with me? I didn't kill anyone
It seems to be a universal human trait - when someone steals your land and kills your relatives, you remember it for a long, long time

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Inaugural Meeting of the Peoples Council of the Murrawarri Republic
The Peoples Council formally passed a unanimous resolution to establish the Provisional Council of State. Fred Hooper was voted as Chairperson.

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Canada: First Nation wins commercial fishing rights
After a 10-year legal fight, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled a Vancouver Island First Nation has the right to conduct commercial fisheries.

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India: Landmark victory a great victory for indigenous rights
India's Supreme Court gave Indigenous communities the final say on a proposed mine which will ensure the future safelty of traditional lands and habitats.

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National day of action gives birth to a national body
John Pat died at the hands of police officers 30 years ago but he has not been forgotten. Rallies around Australia on 28 September 2013 - organised by ISJA

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Victoria's silent shame - Gippsland Massacres
Australians don't know their history: A few paragraphs of this story and you can see why ignorance and silence is widely practiced.

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Land rights are empty, Elder tells Rudd on bark petition anniversary
"We want to develop our country, and we want to get money out of our own soil," Yolngu elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu told Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

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Protest Maules Creek mining threatens local indigenous culture and history
Protestors gathered outside the 'Whitehaven's office' in Boggabri, call for a halt at the Maules Creek mine because of indigenous cultural heritage.

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Goomeroi Protest against Whitehaven Coal - Gunnedah 13 July 2013
The Gomeroi community of Gunnedah and surrounding areas have been shocked that Whitehaven Coal are commencing mining activities on sacred land

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Honouring Indigenous pioneers with new Australia Post stamps
Australia Post is honouring five eminent Indigenous Australians who have campaigned for the rights of Indigenous people in a new stamp issue.

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Yirrkala bark petition - NAIDOC week theeme 2013
This petition, signed by the tribal groups who lived on the Gove Peninsula west of Darwin, objected to a large mine that the federal government had approved.

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$1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples
WA Government upped the ante with another $300 million as a final offer to Noongar people for totally selling out ofn their land and its resources.

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NT going backwards on black deaths in custody
Aboriginal people made up 2.5% of the Australian population, accounting for 46.2% of all youth in juvenile custody and 26.1% of total adult prison population.

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Striking the wrong note - The 6th anniversary of the NT Intervention
Aboriginal advocate Olga Havnen, in her Lowitja O'Donoghue oration, has asked a critical question and provedes an comprehensive background to the NTI.

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'Nobody has ever asked me if I'm Aboriginal. This is the only time'
The federal government's arts funding body has demanded an Aboriginal man proves his Aboriginality before it will consider his application for a grant.

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Does the ILC have the ability to run a cattle station?
Ask the 300 dead cows! - Disgracefulanimal animal welfare situations and over-control of stations is still being applied by ILC.

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ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) = Indigenous Land Under Attack
Beware: Native Title lawyers and anthropologists are deceiving claimants of their true Native Title rights and interests are not fulfilling their legal trust.

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Gillard will be remembered for doing nothing
Michael Mansell says outgoing Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be remembered in the context of Aboriginal Affairs as a woman who did nothing for his people.

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Mapping the massacres of Qld Aboriginal society
In October 1890, a member of the Queensland establishment, felt the time had come for a brisk assessment of the state's dark and conveniently ill-remembered past.

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Canada Day - A Time of Mourning for First Nations Across the Land
When Canada celebrates a day that represents the loss of Sovereign rights for First Nations, it is truly a day of mourning for First Nations people.

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Downfall of PM Gillard began with broken promises about the NTI
The downfall of PM Julia Gillard did not begin with her own toppling of PM Kevin Rudd, instead it began with 2012's January 26 Lobby restaurant incident.

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Doubts over NT intervention extension
A parliamentary human rights watchdog has cast doubt on whether legislation to extend the NTI for a decade complies with international law.

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