Peer support for Aboriginal lawyers

Peer support for Aboriginal lawyersIn a WA first, an Aboriginal Lawyers Committee made up of indigenous lawyers, law graduates and students has been established.

The difficulties faced by Aborginal people and the legal system are well known.

A senate committee inquiry released a report last year called 'Access to Justice' in which it expressed a number of concerns about the ability of Indiginous peoples to access justice.

Aboriginal family centre planned

Aboriginal family centre planned A NEW Aboriginal child and family centre being planned for West Ballina will be the first of its kind in NSW.

The centre will be funded under the Closing the Gap initiative and Ballina Shire Council will provide land at Porter Park.

But there is still a lot of work to be done, according to the councilís strategic services manager, Steve Barnier.

'2010 oracle' busted

A snake apparently used to control the progress of certain teams in the soccer World Cup has been seized by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the organisation said on Monday.

"The Cape of Good Hope SPCA in Grassy Park rescued a Burmese Rock Python from a sangoma in Nyanga on 30 June 2010," said SPCA regional spokesperson Sarah Scarth.

Campbelltown Courthouse's Gary Stewart a man of the people

Campbelltown CourthouseABORIGINAL Client Services Specialist at Campbelltown Courthouse Gary Stewart is well-known among the regionís Aboriginal community as a good friend and tireless worker, but his efforts deserve to be more widely recognised and applauded.

Indigenous opera hits a personal note * Fiona Scott-Norman * From: The Australian * Jul

Indigenous opera hits a personal note      * Fiona Scott-Norman     * From: The Australian     * JulAUSTRALIA'S first Aboriginal opera is coming to the stage.

SOPRANO Deborah Cheetham has an audacious ability to turn any situation into an opportunity. Bullied at her Sydney school for being a "fat Abo", she would challenge her persecutor to a fight after hours and spend the day selling tickets to the ensuing spectacle (she routinely won).