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We had:

Jodie Cockatoo, Yothu Yindi member and backup singer/songwriter since 1993, talking about Writing in the sand – The epic story of legendary band Yothu Yindi and how their song ‘Treaty’ gave voice to a movement. Jodie joined Yothu Yindi when she was just a ‘shy, naïve’ nineteen-year-old living in Cairns. Next minute, the Far North Queenslander was on the road in Europe and travelling the world, on an adventure that has since spanned nearly three decades of rocking out with the band. In this book she talks of her career highlights, like playing the 2000 Olympics and touring with Carlos Santana, and the trepidation of joining a band of tribal men from the Territory when she was still just a teenager. ‘The book’s come at a good time.

Nareen Young, Industry Professor at Jumbunna Institute, talking about Australian-first research on Indigenous women’s working lives reveals Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums and carers most at risk at work. Women in culturally unsafe workplaces were over 10 times more likely to be often or very often treated unfairly at work than Indigenous women who work in culturally safe businesses; and around 20 times more likely to hear racial or ethnic slurs.

Minister Paul Fletcher, talking about Indigenous art funding boost to roll out QR codes so customers can check authenticity of works. Up to 80 remote and regional Indigenous arts centres will be helped to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) and be provided with equipment and training from March next year, in a bid to get communities access to potentially lucrative online markets. Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the increase in funding would result in more than $27 million going towards the Indigenous arts sector each year for the next five years.

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