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  • Aboriginal leaders say the time is now for Constitutional Recognition
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

    According to Aboriginal leaders who met with the Prime Minister and opposition leader. Constitutional recognition is a step forward for Aboriginal people but there is still a long way to go to a national referendum.

    Selected representatives who took part in discussions at Kirribilli House on Monday with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have caused upset within their communities after sticking to their comments that constitutional recognition is a move forward for a brighter future.

  • 2015 Kullarri NAIDOC person of the year
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

    Adrian Dodson-Shaw has many accolades under his belt, among those he was the first Aboriginal person to run in the North Pole Marathon and he also was a part of the legendary Indigenous Marathon Project completing one of the most prestigious events the New York marathon.

    Now he has another trophy to add to his cabinet after being awarded the 2015 Kullarri NAIDOC person of the year and he shares his excitement with CAAMA Radio.

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  • We need to move forward and this is the future
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


    According to the Prime Minister the time is now and Australia is ready for Australia to recognise Aboriginal people in the Australian Constitution.

    A joint select group of Aboriginal leaders including the likes of Nova Peris, Marcia Langton, Gail Mabo, Kirstie Parker, Lez Meltzer and Professor Pat Dodson. The aim to find a way forward to a referendum in 2017.

    While the group of 40 leaders met at Kirribilli House Aboriginal Rights Campaigners took to the front claiming they didn’t want constitutional recognition; rather they want a treaty for Aboriginal people among those veteran Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Jenny Munroe.

    Speaking on CAAMA Radio Professor Pat Dodson says that in order to move forward Aboriginal people must start working together to ensure everyone is on the same page as the nation gets closer to a referendum in 2017.

  • Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse resumed the second stage of its investigation last Monday. A public hearing was held in Sydney where carers and service providers gave evidence in response to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care.

    Jim Morrison a Nyoongar man from Western Australia and community engagement officer for the National Stolen Generations Alliance attended the public hearing in Sydney and joins us on CAAMA radio to talk about the Royal Commission.

  • NAIDOC 2015: We All Stand On Sacred Ground, Learn Respect Celebrate!
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

    The theme for NAIDOC 2015 is We All Stand On Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect, Celebrate and couldn’t be better suited as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia continues to strengthen their culture.

    The NAIDOC Committee which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, was started in the early 1900’s sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

    National NAIDOC Co-Chair, Ben Mitchell told CAAMA Radio the week celebrations is for all people residing in Australia to be part of.

  • Congress Kicks off NAIDOC Celebrations 2015
    Monday, July 6th, 2015

    NAIDOC celebrations kicked off in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) with an afternoon tea and Health Promotion stalls. The stalls included congress eye health team, Headspace the National Mental Health service, Ingkintja male health service and congresses education and training program for Aboriginal health workers.

    NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

    NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

  • Sacred site legislation inconsistent with the Aboriginal Heritage Act
    Monday, July 6th, 2015
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    A native title lawyer is calling on the Western Australian Government to reconsider the deregistration of Aboriginal Sacred Sites.

    In 2013 the Western Australian Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee released new guidelines outlining what constitutes a a sacred site. Barrister Greg McIntyre SC told CAAMA Radio the guidelines were inconsistent with the Aboriginal Heritage Act.

    The introduction of the new guidelines has seen 22 Aboriginal sacred sites deregistered; but Mr McIntyre says this figure isn’t truly representative, stating over 1000 sites are no longer protected.

  • NAIDOC Week a platform for Ear Health awareness.
    Monday, July 6th, 2015

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    In an attempt to combat the high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders who suffer from ear infections a leading audiologist is using NAIDOC week as a time to remind Aboriginal people to take better care of their ears.

    Hearing Australia is using NAIDOC weeks as a platform to raise awareness about looking after your ears and your hearing. Speaking on CAAMA Radio the manager of hearing Australia Samantha Harkus, stressed the importance of maintaing proper ear health.

    Hearing Australia will join other health providers during NAIDOC week to spread awareness about ear disease which effects many aboriginal communities.


  • Stolen Generation Inquiry to happen in the Northern Rivers
    Monday, July 6th, 2015
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    Aboriginal people in the Northern Rivers who were apart of the Stolen Generations will get the chance to tell their stories to the New South Wales Government for the first time.

    Greens MLC Jan Barham has called for an inquiry into the stolen generation in the Northern Rivers.

    “It’s really important that we hear these stories.” she says “we can learn and grow and move forward.”

    The Inquiry will go to the homelands of people and where they were taken and be an emotional journey for both members of the stolen generation and the ministers who will relieve the pain.

    Ms. Barham says that “these experiences will be emotional on both halves but it’s an important step in the process.”

    The limit for submissions has been extended and will go for a further three months and is open until September 27.

  • We Don’t Want Something Symbolic, We Want Something Substantial.
    Monday, July 6th, 2015


    Jenny Munroe veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner and a founder of the Redfern Tent Embassy has spoken out against the joint summit being held by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. The summit, which has seen forty hand selected Aboriginal representatives come together to discuss a path forward to a referendum, highlights the need that Australia’s First Nations peoples want more than just a gesture of recognition.

    The meeting comes after the latest Fairfax Ipsos Poll measured there is 85% support for the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the country’s first peoples.