Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Commissioner

The Prime Minister announced that a new position of National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will be created this year The commissioner will be tasked with safety and welfare of Indigenous children in out of home care.  Not only will the commissioner be looking after young people’s rights and …

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Why this Kamilaroi woman wants you to vote yes in The Voice referendum

Brisbane-based Kamilaroi woman, Yvonne Orley, wants you to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming referendum on whether to recognise Indigenous peoples as the First Peoples of Australia in the Constitution through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Ms Orley is part of the Labor Party Indigenous Network and Community Alliance. The Voice will be an …

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Babies’ Welcome to Country an important event for First Nations families

A First Nations organisation in Brisbane has recently hosted a ceremony welcoming babies to country. The aim of the ceremony is to celebrate the newest members of the community, and to commit to teaching them to be strong, prosperous, and proud. The organisation, Inala ‘Wangarra’, meaning ‘One People’, provides culturally safe social, health and human …

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A second Stolen Generation?

This week, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, told the ABC there should not be rules to return children in foster care to their kin. Experts are concerned with the newly-appointed Minister’s comments, saying this will make things worse in Aboriginal communities. In the Northern Territory for instance, 81 per cent of children …

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Change the Conversation

Tonight in Brisbane, Multicultural Australia is hosting the first event of ‘Changing the Conversation’ of 2023, where community leaders discuss the key issues of our multicultural community. With the Voice to Parliament referendum question announced last week, the event will bring First Nations and community leaders together to discuss how this came from the  Uluru …

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Lacking support for Indigenous children experiencing domestic and family violence

A new report from Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak reveals First Nations children experiencing domestic and family violence are not receiving adequate support from child protection services, education, and health services.  The report states this lack of support has resulted in increased harm and life-long consequences for children.  Aboriginal and Torres …

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