Hot Docs 2016 Review: “The Opposition” (2016) ★★★★★

All Australians must recognise and support the strong traditional bond between the Papuan people and Torres Strait Islanders that should never be forgotten or under-estimated

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How many times do you hear of a film that was held up in a court case and just recently released a censored version that was screened at the Documentary Film Festival? Not many. And when it happens, you know that you have to leave everything else and see exactly that film to know why the government did not want you to see it.

Imagine for a second, you live by the beach and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature while you breathe fresh air. Even though you may not have enough money to enjoy a wealthy life, but you have a land where you were born that gives you more than any money in the world. One day, one development company demands not only you, but the entire community to free the area, as they plan to build a five-star hotel and marina.

Well, perhaps you’re a lucky person…

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Alcohol @FareAustralia 2017 annual alcohol poll report released #ALCpoll2017

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FARE has released its 2017 annual alcohol poll : Attitudes and behaviours today. The Poll is now in its eighth yearr of publication and explores Australia’s attitudes towards alcohol, drinking behaviours, awareness and experience of alcohol harms, and opinions on alcohol policies.

This year the results of the Poll have shown that Australians are concerned about and impacted by alcohol harm, and they are suspicious and deeply cynical about the alcohol industry.
Key findings include:

• 81% of Australians believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol-related illness, injury, death, and related issues (up from 78% in 2016).

• 44% of Australian drinkers (five million Australians) consume alcohol to get drunk (up from 37% in 2016).
• 92% of Australians think that there is a link between alcohol and family and domestic violence.
• 68% of Australians support a ban on alcohol advertising on television…

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Happy Birthday: James Hong

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Born: February 22, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Twenty years after losing the coveted role of Sulu on Star Trek (1966) to actor George Takei, James Hong’s and Takei’s characters faced off against one another in a scene on MacGyver: The Wish Child (1986).

Has starred in two completely different films with the same title, “China Girl” – 1975 X-rated film and the 1987 Abel Ferrara film. In the 1975 film, he was billed as James Young.

Has played a character named Lo Pan 3 times. Chuck (2007), The Chronicle (2001), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

 

 

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NACCHO Aboriginal Health NEWS ALERT : New appointments to the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

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The Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council has been refreshed with new membership as part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to closer engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The new Council will play an important role by engaging at the heart of Government, including with the Indigenous Policy Committee of Cabinet, collaborating with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, and ensuring the Government is well positioned to renew the expiring Closing the Gap targets in the year ahead.

The appointments reflect the expertise and innovation that exist in Indigenous Australia and we look forward to working with the new Council to drive better outcomes for our First Australians.

The following Council members have been appointed for a period of three years:

Andrea Mason – CEO of the NPY Women’s Council

Susan Murphy – CEO of Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation

Ngiare Brown – Professor of Indigenous…

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