Deadly Archie wants action from Abbott

Singer-songwriter Archie Roach, recipient of a Lifetime Contribution Award for Healing the Stolen Generations at Tuesday night's Deadly Awards, says new Prime Minister Tony Abbott needs to prove he is serious about indigenous Australia.

‘‘I don't know what to think about Tony Abbott. He reckons he wants to work with indigenous people but only time will tell if we are able to work with this man and his Government and bring about some real change.’’

Roach says the Northern Territory intervention remains a ‘‘sore point’’ for indigenous people and he also wants to see Australia’s first people recognised in the constitution. Indigenous people should have also have a say in who is considered genuine asylum seekers: ‘‘People who are sincere. We know there are genuine people fleeing war torn countries who have no hope,’’ Roach said.

Roach, who suffered a stroke in 2010 and had surgery for lung cancer in 2011, also won a Deadly last night at the Sydney Opera House for indigenous album of the year, for Into the Bloodstream. "I'm just happy to be able to make music at this stage of my career, so it's a great honour to be recognised in this way," Roach said.

Deadlys organisers said Roach's contributions to his people "are deep, long-lasting and real . . . his work focused an international spotlight on the stolen generations and did much to mobilise Australia into action".

One of indigenous Australia's highest honours, the Marcia Langton award for lifetime achievement in leadership, went to controversial retired NSW magistrate Pat O'Shane.

Ms O'Shane, a Kunjandji woman, was the first woman to head a ministry (the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 1981) and the first Aboriginal barrister and magistrate in Australia. Ms O'Shane, 72, retired from the Local Court of NSW this year, after a 26-year career on the bench.

Deadlys organisers said she "blazed a path for others to follow . . . she is a genuine and inspiring role model for others".

Ms O'Shane is also the subject of an unresolved Judicial Commission investigation into many of her decisions as a magistrate.

Pop singer Jessica Mauboy, of Darwin, repeated her 2012 success by again winning the female artist of the year/single of the year double, this time for Something's Got a Hold on Me, which is the theme song for this year's NRL season. Country singer Troy Cassar-Daley was male artist of the year.

The Sapphires, which has so far made $20.4 million worldwide, was named film of the year, while cast member Deborah Mailman was named best female actor.

The acclaimed television drama series Redfern Now was TV show of the year, while one of the program's lead actors, Luke Carroll, was named best male actor.

Best hip-hop group was Melbourne's Yung Warriors, while hip-hop duo Stik n Move, from Queanbeyan, picked up the the most promising new talent in music award.

Other major arts awards went to Steve Mullawalla Dodd (Jimmy Little lifetime achievement award for music), Brenda Croft (visual artist of the year), Ella Havelka (dancer of the year) and singer-songwriter Shellie Morris (excellence in cultural advancement). Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari won the published book prize.

2013 DEADLY AWARDS - THE WINNERS

Music

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT IN MUSIC -Stik n Move

SINGLE RELEASE OF THE YEAR - Jessica Mauboy, Something’s Got a Hold on Me

ALBUM OF THE YEAR -Archie Roach, Into the Bloodstream

BAND OF THE YEAR - Street Warriors

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR -Troy Cassar-Daley

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR -Jessica Mauboy

HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Yung Warriors

Sport

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT -Mariah Williams

AFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Adam Goodes

NRL PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Johnathan Thurston

FEMALE SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR -Ashleigh Barty

MALE SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR - Daniel Geale

Arts

DANCER OF THE YEAR - Ella Havelka

VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Brenda Croft

MALE ACTOR OF THE YEAR -Luke Carroll (Redfern Now)

FEMALE ACTOR OF THE YEAR -Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires)

FILM OF THE YEAR - The Sapphires

TELEVISION SHOW OF THE YEAR - Redfern Now

PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR - NPY Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation

(Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari)

Community

EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH -Professor Pat Dudgeon

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION -Deadly Sista Girlz and the David Wirrpanda Foundation

HEALTH WORKER OF THE YEAR -Leonie Morcome, Biripi Aboriginal Medical Service

EXCELLENCE IN EMPLOYMENT -Koori Job Ready

COMMUNITY BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR -John Harding, 3CR

EXCELLENCE IN CULTURAL ADVANCEMENT - Shellie Morris

SCIENTIST OR SCIENCE PROJECT OF THE YEAR -Gerry Turpin

EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH THROUGH THE PROMOTION OF HEALTHY AND SMOKE

FREE LIFESTYLES -Rewrite Your Story Campaign, developed by Puiyurti (Don’t Smoke) Tackling Tobacco Program

JOURNALISM STORY OF THE YEAR - NITV News, Shayden and Junaid Thorne in Saudi Arabia

Hall of Fame

THE ELLA AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT - Adam Goodes

THE JIMMY LITTLE AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC -Steve Dodd

THE MARCIA LANGTON AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN LEADERSHIP -Pat O’Shane

THE LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD FOR HEALING THE STOLEN GENERATIONS -Archie Roach

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