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Dodson calls for Discrimination Act changes to be dropped

SENIOR indigenous leader Pat Dodson has called on the Abbott government to retain the Racial Discrimination Act as is, and urged action on constitutional recognition of Australia's first peoples.

The leader, known as the Father of Reconciliation, gave the prestigious Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration this week, coinciding with National Reconciliation Week.

He called on the government to abandon its proposed changes to the discrimination act, on grounds the current protections against racist attacks were "modest".

Mr Dodson also told ABC Radio the push for recognition of indigenous peoples in the Constitution was a "great moment", and was not just about Australia, but how overseas people saw Australia's treatment of indigenous people.

"It's a bit irresponsible of us not to take responsibility (for recognition)," he said.

"I'm optimistic that the Australian public understands why there should be constitutional recognition and why there should be non-discrimination clauses in our Constitution."


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Black Sows bring rugby sevens to Gatton

SQUAD: The Gatton Black Sows run-on side, with coach Daniel Hoare and secretary Belinda Weber, line up before their opening game of the carnival on Saturday.

They hosted their first carnival as a part of the inaugural comp.

Sun shines on 2017 Gatton Show

SHINING BRIGHT: 2017 Rural Ambassador Michael Wellington and 2017 Miss Show Girl Jazzmin Donald with Gatton Show Society president Keith Edwards.

The sun was certainly shining on the 2017 edition of the show.

Show fever hits Gatton

FAMILY FUN: Archie and Harrison had a blast at the 2017 Gatton Show.

The sun was shining for the 2017 Gatton Show.

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Queensland freezes as temps fall as low as -3.7°C

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George RR Martin: Sxith book won't be out this year

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Mum spotted on Google Earth 18 months after death

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What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie War for the Planet of the Apes.

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Andy Serkis monkeys around with Apocalypse Now.

Ninja Warrior airs clips of dead contestant Johann Ofner

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Hearty food for cold nights

Boneless lamb shoulder roast with crushed kipflers.

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How one man made more than $20m in a land deal

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Beers, spirits and 131 years of history up for grabs

The 131-year-old General Gordon Hotel is on the market with all of its quirks included.

Pub with good beer and "lovely food” for sale 20 minutes from town

Tenant: Let me rent, I'll fix your property and pay for it

Noosaville tenant Tony Conyers thought his tenancy was guaranteed until 2035, so he spent his own money on the property. Now he's been told he may not be able to stay for even one more year.

Renter spent $30k on maintaining, improving property over 17 years

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