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Aboriginal elder who became Australia’s first permanent deacon turns 80

LAST month the people of Wadeye, Northern Territory, celebrated the 80th birthday of Deacon Boniface Perdjert. Deacon Boniface is senior elder of the Kardu Diminin clan and Murrinhpatha language speaker, and the traditional owner of the land on which the town of Wadeye (Port Keats) is built. He is also Australia’s first permanent deacon and well known to Missionaries of ... Read More »

Violence against indigenous women a growing epidemic

indigenous violence

BLACK eyes, stabbings and sexual assaults.  These are the common attacks on women and children in Queensland’s indigenous communities, inflicted with such prevalence by spouses that domestic violence is considered to be part of “every day” life. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised from domestic violence and 10 times more likely to ... Read More »

Too many indigenous Australians in jail, trends show

Indigenous incarceration

ABORIGINAL deaths in custody are in decline, but indigenous Australians remain grossly over represented in jail. There were 339 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991.  And 25 years later, Aboriginal people are still over represented in our prison system, despite many of the recommendations addressing this issue.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners ... Read More »

Indigenous Australians say Closing the Gap “doomed to fail”

Sam Watson

BRISBANE indigenous community elder Sam Watson has lamented the number of Aboriginal children being taken from their families and locked up. “In 2016 it is the next generation of the stolen generation,” he said, while attending a park event in West End marking 10 years since Closing the Gap was launched to address indigenous disadvantage. “Some areas of disadvantage are ... Read More »

Closing the Gap

THE eighth annual Closing the Gap report offered another stark snapshot –indigenous Australians continue to die younger, they are out of work more and are less educated than other Australians. Political, community and Church leaders, agree there are some reasons to be optimistic – infant mortality rates is decreasing and more students finish Year 12, but a continuing failure in ... Read More »

Indigenous scholarships at stand-out success

Indigenous students win scholarship

PROFESSOR Cindy Shannon takes pride in the success the organisation she leads is having in “closing the gap” in education opportunities for indigenous young people. Prof Cindy Shannon, who chairs the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), spoke of the organisation’s success at the 2015 Brisbane QATSIF graduation ceremony at the University of Queensland on October 22. “The ... Read More »

Catholic sector shows teaching is a ‘deadly career’

QUEENSLAND’S Catholic schools sector is encouraging more Indigenous Australians to pursue a teaching career through a new video campaign. The Queensland Catholic Education Commission and the QCEC Indigenous Education Subcommittee have launched a video campaign titled “Teaching is a Deadly Career” and highlights the attractions of the profession to upper secondary school students. The video has been developed as part of the More Aboriginal and ... Read More »

Celebration meets reconciliation

Indigenous graduates

ESTEEMED members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community joined Brisbane Catholic Education in celebrating the impending graduation of indigenous school students of Brisbane archdiocese at a special liturgy at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 16. There are a total of 154 students graduating from 19 Catholic schools across the archdiocese in 2015, with more than 100 attending the ... Read More »

Food for Life program ‘Closing the Gap’

By Isaac Murphy NATIONAL Close the Gap Day on March 19 gives the public the chance to celebrate the history of Australia’s Indigenous peoples’, but also serve as a reminder of the inequalities Indigenous Australian’s still face. Caritas Australia’s Manage Your Income, Manage your Life program is an initiative dedicated to closing this gap. Caritas partners with Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes to ... Read More »

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