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In this Week In Review: The
Indigenous Advisory Council to stay under PM Turnbull.
Week one of the police racial discrimination case concludes on
Palm Island. And country legend Warren H
Williams talks about his new

Hello, and welcome to the Week In
Review. I'm Natalie Ahmat and these are the stories which made
headlines this week. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has decided to
keep the Indigenous Advisory Council set up by his predecessor
Tony Abbott. The Council's future was under a cloud after last week's
dumping of the self-proclaimed "Prime Minister for Aboriginal
affairs". Here's political reporter, Myles Morgan.From future
unknown to forward planning - with a new Prime Minister the existence
of the Indigenous Advisory Council wasn't guaranteed. Now, a call from
Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed its future and plans are in place for a
full meeting with the Prime Minister next month. There are
eleven advisers on the council - Indigenous and non-Indigenous. They
range from successful businessman and chair, Warren Mundine, to senior leader, Djambawa Marawili,
David Peever and University of Western Sydney Chancellor Peter
Shergold. Of course, the twelfth member is the Prime Minister
himself.I'm really thrilled to have assembled such a group.It was
Tony Abbott who created the council when he first came to government in
2013.I am confident that we really can make a difference.It's
sometimes incorrectly assumed the council is representing Indigenous
people - it isn't. It was created to advise. But there is the
perception it's representative because Tony Abbott mostly ignored
other peak bodies during his time as Prime Minister.The Advisory
Council, as far as I'm concerned, is a waste of time. I know they speak the Queen's English, but
there are many languages and many nations of First Nations people.
The council's brief is broad - get the best education for First
Nations kids, get land ownership, reconciliation, empowerment and
culture. But new Prime Minister, new values.Our values of
individual enterprise, of initiative, of freedom, this is
what you need to be a successful agile economy in 2015.And during the week, the chairman of the
Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, joined us here in the
studio.Well, I've always encouraged that we as a council and
as individuals do work with these organisations. I'm a member of
congress and I do praise the work of Kirstie Parker and I know she is
leaving the congress in the role that she has playeda encourage the
conversations to continue. But they're only one of many other
organisations. You know, I've always had a good working
relationship with NATSO and I've also kermged the Prime Minister and
other advisers to work with those Indigenous groups. And the one
thing we're looking for in the campaign is how do we get the Prime
Minister - how do we get the conventional groups out there that
are working on recognition to have those conversations with community
groups? And the community leadership. So we encourage that so
they get a different viewpoint, not only from what we're saying at the
Indigenous Advisory Council level, but they get the viewpoints of
what's out there in the community. And the Indigenous Affairs Minister
says the Advisory Council provided valuable advice to the former Prime
Minister and himself. Senator Nigel Scullion was in Perth this week for
a new federally-funded employment program. Craig Quartermain caught
up with him there.What should have been a straightforward visit to
Perth for Senator Scullion took a new tone after the leadership spill
- an the appointment of a new minister. He welcomed Noongar man Ken Wyatt to the frontbench.I
think it's fantastic. I know Ken and he will do a fantastic job. He
knows a lot about his previous portfolios - health and education,
you know, he was a very high-level public servant in those areas,
knows a lot about them and knows a lot of the context around the
Indigenous needs. So I'm delighted to be able to have him sharing the
frontbench with me.Scullion also hopes the leadership change won't
affect the date of the constitutional referendum.I think
the symbolism of the day is really important. People acknowledge that,
you know, that's a particularly important date and we need to move
towards that. But I haven't heard or seen any sort of reluctance or
any significant change there.Mr Scullion said he felt Indigenous
policy was handled sufficiently well through the Department of
Prime Minister and Cabinet. Returning it to his portfolio
wasn't a major priority.My secretary is the secretary of Prime
Minister and Cabinet so when he picks up the phone to other
secretaries, they all stand up and pay attention and I think that's
very important, having the primacy. So thus far, I think it's useful to
have it there. I'm not somebody who changes for change's sake. I think
it's working really well and I will need to be convinced about some
changes.This week, Northern Territory police began
investigating claims that staff at Darwin's youth detention centre
made teenagers fight and eat bird faeces for rewards of junk food.
But so far, police say they have seen no evidence that a crime has
occurred. The allegations come from a 15-year-old former inmate at the
Don Dale Centre, which was hit by a riot last year. The NT Children's
Commissioner has called the claims absolutely who ary figuring.Youth,
Indigenous people, there are a whole range of groups in our
community that are vulnerable. Anyone who wants to report a crime,
we're going to take a seriously, but particularly vulnerable groups.
It's absolutely essential that we take it seriously and we give it
the full resources that we can.We give all of our support to the
staff, who work in Don Dale and in our corrections facilities and when
allegations are made we may thorough investigations and that is
the role of police, it is not the role of politicians. This week, the
Federal Court heard claims of guns pointed at children and dawn raids
by heavily armed police wearing balaclavas after the riot on Palm
Island in 2004. The testimony came on day one of a class action on the
Queensland island to determine whether that state's police were
racially discriminatory in their response to the death in custody of
Mulrunji Doomadgee.It's the Federal Court case that's pitting
an island against the Queensland State Government. The mayor says
wounds are go why et to heal after the 2004 riot.How are you feeling
about this?Look, I think pretty ordinary.The death in custody of
Cameron Doomadgee, known as Mulrunji in 2004, sparked an
uprising, with residents burning down the police station and the
home of Mulrunji's arresting officer, Chris Hurley. The
barrister for the community, Chris Ronalds, told the court today that
during the emergency response to the riot, guns were pointed at
children during early morning raids. But -- the court also heard that Lex Wotton, who was jailed for
20 months for inciting the riot, was tazed in front of his children.
The history of violence between authorities and Palm Island
residents must be taken into account in the case, Ros Kidd says.
The behaviour of people in government to people in Aboriginal
communities was fairly reprehensible on many occasions. To
see that happen again in the 21st century is amazing, actually. It's
almost unbelievable.The applicants also allege that the investigation
into Mulrunji's death was inadequate and there was a lack of
accountability. The first inquest recommended criminal charges be
laid against Chris Hurley

laid against Chris Hurley - but
prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence. A review of that
decision led to Mr Hurley being charged with manslaughter and
assault - but he was found not guilty at trial. A final inquest
found in evidence Chris Hurley intentionally inflicted the fatal
injuries, but accused the police service of concluding to protect
their own. The Queensland corruption watchdog backed up those
findings, stating that the original investigation was "Seriously
flawed". It recommended disciplinary action against the
officers involved, but no action has been taken by the Queensland
Police Service to this day. Federal Court judge Debbie Mortimer will
consider whether the state of Queensland should pay compensation
to the community, which

to the community, which has also
requested a formal apology. And the problems on Palm Island have been
turned into a powerful play. Beautiful One Day gives
theatregoers an emotional account of the oppression suffered by our
brothers and sisters on Palm Island and the events surrounding Mulrunji
Doomadgee's death in custody. Our Queensland correspin custody. Our
Queensland correspondent has more. To the naked eye, the beauty of
Palm Island cannot be denied. In terms such as a tropical paradise
have been used to describe the picturesque piece of country. But
for our people, the island has a grim history.In 1918 they arrived
on Palm Island and I knew an old lady - she was 14 at the time - she
was on board, she used

was on board, she used to tell us
all stories

all stories about it. And she said
they were just herded on there and then made to go and find their own
places on Palm Island and all displaced persons. They merged on
board. They say, "We're poor fellas now, we don't know what we are".
And someone came up with the language word from their group, a
word meaning "Many different people, many tribal groups".She joins other locals to bring the story of the island to life in
Beautiful One Day - an emotionally moving piece of theatre which deals
with issues that still confront our mob.We're delivering to people an
opportunity to open the door to conversation about everything - about how Aboriginal people were
dealt with, our policy people, people ruling our lives, signing
away people's lives to accepted them to some reserve or some
community or another.This centrepiece performance surrounds
the death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji Doomadgee, his story
told through the perspective of his people.Have you had enough? Mulrunji's niece Kylie gives a
wonderful performance. The dialogue is at times confronting, but tells
the story.That's not an accident! That's not an accident.The events
following Mulrunji's death were covered heavily in the media with a
focus on the conflict between the local community and the police. The
events are said to have been blown out of proportion.It remained only
a stand against the policemen, the police house, where he lived, and
the police station where he died. That

police house, where he lived, and
the police station where he died. That was a so-called riot.The big
city provides an extra stage to get the story out to the audience but
for cast members there was nothing

for cast members there was nothing
like taking the story home to Palm Island. It was amazing. It was one
of the most phenomenal career highlights of my life, to be able
to bring the play back to the people whose play it is. The
production is only showing in Brisbane for four days, but the
fight for justice for Palm Island continues.That community are a
community of resistance fighters. No way are they going to let this
story get forgotten. This is going

to stop until they get justice. This week, Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull made his first policy announcement - a $100 million
package to tackle family violence. It's an issue which affects
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at least twice as
much as other Australians.The Redfern Legal Centre is one of the
first stops in the fight against domestic violence in Sydney.
Workers like this lady try to help First Nations women with the
difficult process of AVOs.We really, really need experienced front-line workers that are
culturally appropriate, that understand where an Indigenous
woman is coming from.Domestic violence is a national shame in
Australia - these are the faces of some of the women killed in violent
incidents this year alone.Three women have been killed in these
circumstances and one baby. Three incidents in three days. This is a
disgrace.The government has announced a $100 million safety
package to protect

package to protect women and
families.

families. It includes $12 million
to be spent on technology like perpetrator trackers, money for
safer homes, a $5 million injection for the 1800 RESPECT hotline and
money for training. The government will also set aside millions for
Indigenous people - up to $15 million for police to prevent
violence in remote Queensland communities, nearly $4 million for
cross-border intelligence in remote Western Australia, South Australia
and over $2 million for NT bush police

and Northern Territory communities,
and over $2 million for NT bushies, police a $2 million for NT bush
and over $2 million for NT bush police and remote Indigenous
community prevention programs. The previous government signed an
agreement which will cut about $12 million from community legal
centres in 2017. The Redfern Legal Centre doesn't know how the
previous cuts will measure up against the new money.We're
anticipating that if each legal centre is allocated a 25% cut, then
we'll be losing a quarter of our generalist legal services.If
services like Redfern's don't get any of this new finance and are
still looking at a funding cut, the government's strong words won't
translate into action.We already turn away women experiencing
domestic violence and the funding cuts will mean that we'll be
turning away even more women.When we think of Indigenous Land and Sea
Rangers, it's easy to imagine they only exist in remote parts of the
northern Australia. But all around the language and culture. We travelled Tottenham Bucca Heads on
the NSW north coast to meeting the Unkya Rangers.So we just go long
up the headland. We've seen it from the beach there earlier.As I
travel around this big island of Australia, some of the happiest mob
I meet are Indigenous rangers.Oh, yes, this is just the mat grass.
The people use this to weave and make stuff.I mean, they're doing
what they love - they're looking after country.The best bit about
it is to teach the young fellas and the wider community that our
culture is still alive and well in this area.I like the cultural
aspect of it, also sharing the knowledge with people. It's also empowering, you know, it gives you
that sense of identity, of who you are.It's something where, even
though you know a lot, you're always learning and that's part of
learning about your culture and your country.Meet the Unkya
Rangers, defenders of this country. The local Aboriginal Land Council
and the Nambucca Heads local Aboriginal Land Council are joint
owners in common of the land that make up South Beach National Park.
When the guides do the tours, they do some of the language, you know,
let people know the language, they do the Welcome to Country in the
language and some of the stories, they tell them, you know, for
example, the whale table story.As the coastline sharing local stories
and bush tucker, I was reminded what a meaningful career pathway
this is for mob who just want to be on country.This plant here, this
is the yams. This is what the women always dig for with the yam sticks. For the snungles and Aunties of
these young rangers who have been teaching them it brings back young
saltwater memories of living in the Nambucca valleyEveryone used to go
over there and live off the land and that was one way of surviving
all those years. And when we caught fish and things, they would be
shared around amongst all the families on the mission there.But
the tour wouldn't be complete without some Gumbayngirr bush
tucker with a modern twist. I will let my boy have the last word on
that. A

that. A collection of tera cotta
pots has immortalised the contribution our footballers have
made to all 18 teams in the AFL. Commissioned by the National
Gallery of Victoria the exhibition features works by elders from
Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory.Recreating iconic
moments in AFL history - nicky Wimmar's 1993 statement taking
pride of place.That was part of the change in football, the change
of racial vilification. The AFL a lot of good came out of that.
This man was on the ground when he raised his shirtIt was one of the
games we were a part of. I didn't realise at the time how big it was.
So, yeah, it's history now.He also features among the works which
celebrate the contribution Indigenous players have made to
AFL. Sculptured on pots, the likes of Michael Longoria -- Long and
reel reel reel reel are immortalised in teracotta.People
love the way we play, we make something out of nothing all the
time and not many players can do that and we can do that.Colon Jackson was one of fewer Indigenous
players at the time despite sport's populatety.Every community has had
sports and football was the first game they played. Even the girls
when they were young, everybody kicked the football around.The
works were created by the Hermannsburg pot he is. The women
normally tell the stories about the land through their art but they're
also big football fans so they've welcomed the opportunity to expand
on the pottery they've been producing for more than 25 years
ago.For a long time, I made landscapes, because I learned from
Albert, I saw him when I was a girl, and that's how I learned from
him.The exhibition comes as the racism in sport debate is
reignited.It's going to always be there. The good thing is, it's all
about education and the more we educate people and the more people
can turn it into a good, well, it's infectious and then it spreads
throughout the community.Art often is a great catalyst for discussion
and debate and also for enabling people to look at more tolerant
views.The pots will be on display until April. Golden guitar winning artist Warren H Williams has just
returned to Australia after recording a new album in the home of country music - Nashville,. We
caught up with the singer and songwriter to find out how it went.
The Nashville trip has always been a dream of mine. If you are going
to do a country album, you might as well do it in Nashville.
# Here I am, holding on to my friend...So when did it finally
feel real for you that the trip was actually going ahead? Did it sink
in while you were on the plane or once you touched down or is it
still pretty new?It's still pretty new, because, like, it's - it won't
probably hit me until I probably hold the album in my hand and
realise that I've done it. You know, people always say how good
they are over in Nashville, but when you go over there and you see
for yourself, it's unbelievable. Like, because we took our demos, you know, which are really
scratchy, you know, just one guitar and two voices, and from that the
band leader comes in and he has the charts and then the band listens to
it and they stand around and listen to our demo and then everyone is,
"OK, we've got it". You walk in, the drummer counts it off and,
boom, you know, one take. And the music that comes out from the headphones is the music that you
always thought about, and it's amazing that it only took them one
take, you know? It's great.You, like a lot of other kids that grew
out bush, myself included, grew up on country music and knowing a lot
about those names and places?I still pinch myself because I'm from
Hermannsburg, which is a long way from Nashville, and I got to go and
I think I'm probably the first one from Central Australia, the first
Aboriginal person that went over there and recorded an album. And my

there and recorded an album. And my
duet partner, Danny Young, which is amazing. One of the reasons I
wanted to go to Nashville was because of the singing. It stopped
me from being lazy and I would really like to thank Danny for
that.You and Danny also mentioned, if you did make another trip back
there, possibly having some American Indigenous involvement.A
couple of friends we met up in there in Nashville, the lady is a
Cherokee, and we talked about going back one day and doing a tour, a
cultural exchange, and playing our music to them, yeah. That would be
awesome.If you could pick one moment as the highlight, what would
it have been?I think

it have been?I think standing at
the circle in the randle opry.I thought you might have said that!
Thanks for your time, Uncle.That's all we have for the Week In Review.
I hope you can join us for NITV News next week where we will be
broadcasting from Dubbo in NSW for the first weekend of the Cori
knockout. Check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to
find out where we'll be. That's all for that, I'm Natalie Ahmat, see
you again soon.

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