The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Australia’s peak representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, has elected a new leadership team. The editor of the Koori Mail, Kirstie Parker, has become the new female co-chair of the organisation replacing Jody Broun. The National Congress also re-elected male co-chair Les Malezer.
The new federal government has also announced the creation of hand-picked Indigenous Advisory Council, chaired by Warren Mundine. And just on the eve of the 2013 election, the Coalition announced they proposed to implement $42 million in cuts to Indigenous legal advisory services. It is not yet known when or where these cuts will apply.