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  • Stand up and Speak out!
    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


    Aboriginal Organisations rallied together on Monday to speak out about the recent IAS funding cuts. Protesters took to the steps of the Alice Springs convention centre calling on the Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion to face the music.

    Owen Cole the Managing Director of Yeperenye spoke out about the funding cuts which would affect Aboriginal organisations across the country not just in Alice Springs and urged those who were hurting to stand up and speak their minds.

  • Aboriginal ANZACs remembered in Sydney’s Hyde Park
    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

    Aboriginal war heroes are being remembered with an art installation in Sydney’s Hyde Park. The installation is called “Yininmadyemi Thou didst let fall”, by Sydney-based ­Aboriginal Girramay artist Tony ­Albert, and features 4 steel & marble bullets and 3 shell casings to symbolise those who lost their lives. 

    Our correspondant, Marlia Fatnowna sent us this footage from her iPhone.

  • Organisations come together to discuss child protection policy
    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

    Michael curry

    Aboriginal and Islander children being placed in state care has continued to rise at a unprecedented rate, this continual rise is an issue being brought before the Queensland child protection roundtable for discussion.

    PeakCare commenced the roundtable road trip to discuss with their member agencies and supporters across the state to reflect on child protection policy and help shape the conversation with the State Government on child protection.

    Michael Curry director of sector development with the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) said their organisation felt the need to participate to ensure the disparity for the number of Aboriginal and Islander children in care is raised and heard around the table. He has a chat with Kyle Dowling to discuss the roundtable meetings.



  • Don’t sit on the fence stand up and be heard!
    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015



    With fears of communities being forced to close in the West and whispers of closures in other states and Tent Embassies also being shut down Aboriginal people from across the country have voiced their anger at the actions of the Government.

    In a protest on Monday where more than 50 people stormed the front of the Alice Springs Convention Center. Aboriginal Organisations stood up for funding which had been cut to essential services through the IAS funding scheme giving just another example of how Aboriginal people are being silenced.

    While in Brisbane Aboriginal rights campaigner Ruby Wharton who has organised the rallies which have seen the main streets of Brisbane shut down, calls on all first nations’ people to have their say and not be silent.

    Ruby Wharton

  • IAD calling for Answers amidst the chaotic funding process!
    Tuesday, March 31st, 2015


    A heated debate broke out on the steps of the Alice Springs Convention Centre where local workers from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations protested about recent funding cuts to the Aboriginal sector through IAS funding.

    The Rally was a strong response from the local community, particularly those at threat of closing their doors. Organisations across the country speaking out saying they feel they haven’t been given enough information when it comes to IAS and the lack of communication by government is what led to yesterday’s protest in Alice Springs.

    Among those which feel they haven’t been given adequate communication from government and who will experience cut backs is the Institute of Aboriginal Development. CEO of IAD Jenny Bedford took to the steps prior to the heated argument about funding to Aboriginal Organisations. It was here Ms Bedford explained about the 46 year history of the organisation.

    IAD has provided essential services for Aboriginal education for over 46 years. Recent funding has seen IAD receive only 7% of funding applied for through the application. For the first time in a public arena, Minister Nigel Scullion was forced to address concerns about the IAS funding.

    Jenny Bedford 

  • Senator Says ‘You’ve Got the Funding You Deserve’
    Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

    Nigel Scullion CAAMA photo

    Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Nigel Scullion addressed an angry crowd of more than 50 people who stormed the Alice Springs Convention Centre on Monday. The crowd protesting over recent cuts to front line and essential Aboriginal services and organisations.

    The Senator spoke out about the results from the funding saying there was yes, “winners and losers” in the recent funding. Senator Scullion revealed to CAAMA Radio that Aboriginal people would be better under the funding he has approved.

    At Monday’s protest he said to members from the Institute of Aboriginal Development (IAD) that they ‘got the funding they deserved.’

    IAD received only 7% of the funding they applied for. Two thirds of all IAS funding was given to mainstream non-Aboriginal organisations, which made up 55% of the organisations to receive funding. Members from the protest have questioned the reasoning behind the approval of these however, Senator Scullion told CAAMA Radio that if Aboriginal services which do not engage community and provide services that better the community then government will “find other organisations who can provide those services” and fund them.



  • Scullion vs the angry mob… IAS funding cuts get ugly!
    Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

    Federal Minister Nigel Scullion was called “gammon” by angry protestors this morning after saying Aboriginal organisations only received the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding he thought they deserved…. The Institute for Aboriginal Development was not impressed after only receiving 7% of their application!!

  • Aboriginal organisations challenge Scullion on IAS funding cuts
    Monday, March 30th, 2015

    Local Aboriginal organisations stormed the Alice Springs Convention Centre today, where Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion was giving a speech welcoming the first Virgin Airlines flight from Darwin to Alice. Protestors challenged the Minister over his controversial Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding – or lack thereof – which is forcing severe job losses and the closure of many Aboriginal organisations around the country.

    55% of organisations that received IAS funding were non-aboriginal, and they received two thirds of the total IAS funds. Local Aboriginal organisation, the Institute for Aboriginal Development, only received 7% of its funding application, resulting in a 63% cut from last year’s budget. Scullion called the protestors from local organisations “disingenuous” for claiming there had not been any communication during the funding process, and said of the protest “this is all theatre”.

  • CEO of IAD has a message for Senator Scullion
    Monday, March 30th, 2015


    CEO of Institute of Aboriginal Development Jenny Bedford has spoken out at Nigel Scullion questioning him and urging him to restore all funding to IAD.

    Protesters demonstrated outside of the Alice Springs Convention Centre calling on the Senator for the Northern Territory and Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Nigel Scullion to come and ‘face the music.’

    Those who protested were local residents and organisations which received little to no funding. IAD, one of those businesses which received 7% of funding asked for. The leading Aboriginal educator in Central Australia could be forced to close its doors under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding results.

    Ms. Bedford told CAAMA Radio that if cuts go ahead as planned Aboriginal people in the sector will be worse off than they are today.

  • Day of Action, March on March Alice Springs!!!
    Monday, March 30th, 2015

    Locals gathered at the Alice Springs Convention Centre to protest against the loss of jobs, and the outcomes of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding including the Aboriginal organisation the Institute for Aboriginal Development known as IAD.

    People from various local Aboriginal Organisation showed their outrage over funding cuts to essential services. At the forefront of the protest was one of central Australia’s leading organisations IAD which, has provided education and training to Aboriginal people over the past 46 years. IAD are now at risk of closing their doors after only receiving 7% of funding initially asked for.

    Among those voicing their concerns was CEO of IAD Jenny Bedford, Owen Cole, Chancey Paech, Barb Shaw, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary and Secretary for Indigenous Affairs and Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowden, Rachel Perkins and others.

    Ending with protesters walking to the door of the Convention Centre meeting with Senator Nigel Scullion to raise their concerns about the loss of funding.