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Category: Indigenous Australians

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Ash Barty has made a lifelong impression without pretence, agendas or grandstanding | Mel Jones

When the new Wimbledon champion acknowledged my Aboriginal flag T-shirt on Centre Court she showed the importance of connectionI first met Ash Barty in the middle of the Gabba. It was 2015 – the year she took a break from tennis to play for the Brisban…

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Grounded and meticulous Ash Barty writing tennis history of her own | Richard Evans

The Australian’s clever outlook has taken her to the cusp of emulating Evonne Goolagong Cawley in her inaugural Wimbledon final In October last year, Ash Barty walked up onto a makeshift stage on the MCG turf and presented the AFL premiership cup to th…

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Indigenous athletes to be guaranteed seat on AOC Athletes’ Commission

Constitution amended to ensure permanent Indigenous spotCoates responds to Cambage’s anger at promotional photoThe president of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, has conceded a more diverse group of athletes should have been used in an adv…

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Eddie McGuire overshadows the work Collingwood needs to do, say AFL Indigenous leaders

Two women working inside the AFL to tackle racism say nothing should distract from the recommendations of the Do Better reportTwo of the most senior Indigenous people in the AFL say they’re disappointed the departure of Eddie McGuire as Collingwood pre…

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Former Collingwood player Leon Davis: ‘We don’t want our kids to have to go through the bullshit’

Drafted as an excited teenager, the First Nations man was stunned and isolated by racist bullying. ‘I don’t take any pleasure from Eddie stepping down,’ he says today. ‘The issues have not gone away’For the past few weeks, proud Balardong Whadjuk man L…

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Collingwood establishes anti-racism group following resignation of Eddie McGuire

The group – comprising Indigenous leaders, directors and former players – will implement the Do Better report’s recommendationsCollingwood has appointed a group to address a culture of “systemic racism” at the AFL club amid the fallout from a report th…

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Indigenous leaders welcome Eddie McGuire’s resignation as president of Collingwood AFL club

McGuire’s departure comes after days of pressure following damning independent report into racism at the clubEddie McGuire failed to identify his use-by date, writes Barrie CassidyThe Indigenous senator for Victoria, Lidia Thorpe, has hailed Eddie McGu…

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Indigenous leaders welcome Eddie McGuire’s resignation as president of Collingwood AFL club

McGuire’s departure comes after days of pressure following damning independent report into racism at the clubEddie McGuire failed to identify his use-by date, writes Barrie CassidyThe Indigenous senator for Victoria, Lidia Thorpe, has hailed Eddie McGu…

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‘Can’t compare’: Cathy Freeman blasts Scott Morrison’s 26 January first fleet comments

Gold medallist and Indigenous rights campaigner rounds on PM’s criticism of Cricket Australia initiativeOlympic gold medal winner Cathy Freeman has become the latest high-profile critic of Scott Morrison following the prime minister’s comments about Cr…

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PM labels Cricket Australia’s inclusivity drive on Australia Day ‘pretty ordinary’

Cricket Australia makes changes in run-up to 26 JanuaryInitiative to create inclusivity backed by BBL clubs The primer minister, Scott Morrison, has labelled a Cricket Australia initiative to promote inclusivity on 26 January as “pretty ordinary”.The g…

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Jade North: the former Socceroo using the power of sport to build bridges | Samantha Lewis

The first Indigenous player to captain the Socceroos is on a mission to help people learn from Australia’s ‘dark history’The New South Wales town of Taree, about two hours north of Newcastle, is built on a great divide – slicing through the town’s cent…

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Cricket has an important role to play in shining a light on racism in society | Megan Schutt

It has been encouraging to be involved in discussions with WBBL players about Indigenous Australia and the BLM movement recentlyI was in year 8 when my education about Indigenous Australia really began. My best friend at the time was Indigenous and tak…

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Cricket has an important role to play in shining a light on racism in society | Megan Schutt

It has been encouraging to be involved in discussions with WBBL players about Indigenous Australia and the BLM movement recentlyI was in year 8 when my education about Indigenous Australia really began. My best friend at the time was Indigenous and tak…

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NRL keeps eyes wide shut with U-turn over State of Origin anthem | Ben Abbatangelo

Although they momentarily tried, the unfortunate reality is that the satirical lunacy of the episode is on brand for the leagueAustralia’s ill-defined culture is built on compromises between notions of public good and the personal, political and financ…

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NRL backs down on plan to scrap national anthem at State of Origin

Scott Morrison reportedly joins fan oppositionIndigenous players refused to sing anthem last yearThe NRL has backflipped on a decision not to play the national anthem during this year’s State of Origin series after a backlash from fans, with Peter V’la…

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Wallabies vote not to take a knee in support of BLM movement before All Blacks clash

Focus will be on First Nations people and Indigenous shirtTeam ‘not looking to make a political statement’The Wallabies have ruled out taking a knee during the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in next Saturday’s Bledisloe C…

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‘It could be divisive’: Nick Farr-Jones warns Wallabies not to take a knee in support of BLM

Former captain says protest runs risk of fans tuning outDane Haylett-Petty raised issue ahead of Bledisloe CupWorld Cup-winning captain Nick Farr-Jones has warned the Wallabies that fans will tune out if they take a knee in support of the Black Lives M…

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‘It could be divisive’: Nick Farr-Jones warns Wallabies not to take a knee in support of BLM

Former captain says protest runs risk of fans tuning outDane Haylett-Petty raised issue ahead of Bledisloe CupWorld Cup-winning captain Nick Farr-Jones has warned the Wallabies that fans will tune out if they take a knee in support of the Black Lives M…

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Racism in Australian netball ended my career before it even began | Celeste Carnegie

My experience conditioned me to silence myself around white women and contributed negatively to my body imageMy mother was my first coach both on the sidelines and in life. We would spend our weekends down at the netball courts where I learnt how to pl…

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I found racism runs through the AFL – it has failed to uphold the rights and safety of Black players | Héritier Lumumba

I have no desire to sit down with Collingwood – the same organisation that has worked to publicly discredit my truthIt is only right that I begin this piece by paying my respects to the First Nations of this land. As someone whose roots lie in the glob…