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  • A new strain of Hepatitis B found in the Northern Territory
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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    Researchers say a unique strain of Hepatitis B found only in the Northern Territory could be a main contributor to the high rates of liver cancer found in Aboriginal people.

    Professor Steven Tong from Menzies School of Health research says although the particular strain which is also only found in Northern Australian Aboriginal people is more aggressive than others, prevention is possible through diagnosis and treatment.

    Professor Tong told CAAMA Radio that while most people don’t know that they have the virus, the only way to find out is to get regular check-ups and be tested.

  • Justice system not tough enough on drug dealers, says a NSW Land Council CEO
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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    The CEO of a central New South Wales Aboriginal Land council  is urging  Government  to stick  to a tough love approach in order to  discourage ice  dealers and users and  also  change  perspectives  towards the drug at a national level.

    The Central New South Wales community of Wellington is one of many regional towns across Australia facing an alarming increase in the use of ice.

    The towns  struggle to deal with  the problem  has led to the  the establishment of community campaigns such as ‘dob in a dealer’, which urges residents to speak up about known dealers in their community.

    Leanne Stanley a Wiradjuri woman and CEO of the local Land Council says while the drug is having adverse effects on the town, she firmly believes this situation is not unique.

    Ms Stanley says despite the apparent rates of First Nations Peoples involved in dealing or using the drug she believes both the Aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities are being affected in much the same way.

  • Making Territorian’s aware of what they are entitled to !
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

    A range of Federal and State government concessions and payments are made available to particular (eligible) households to assist with certain essential living costs, with most administered at the state or territory government level.

    Access is often linked to prior eligibility to a Commonwealth concession card or at other times based on a means test or an income test.

    Jonathan Pilbrow is a Policy Advisor with the Northern Territory Council of Social Services – a peak advocate for people and communities in the NT that  may be affected by poverty and disadvantage.

  • ALP National Conference
    Monday, July 27th, 2015


    The federal Labor party says it wants to make the reduction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in prison a key national priority if it wins the next election.

    Shayne Neumann the Shadow minister for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has accused the Abbott government of backing away from a previous commitment to help bring down the numbers.

    Shayne Neumann says that you can’t close the gap with cuts to services.

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  • Significant issue to deal with before Statehood – Adam Giles.
    Monday, July 27th, 2015

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    Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles say he believes the move to state hood will not have  any impact on Native Title or the NT Land Rights Act.

    Speaking on his return from last weeks COAG gathering where state leaders voiced their support for the Northern Territory… the Chief Minister says from his point of view there is no focus on the two pieces of legislation.

    Speaking on CAAMA Radio Mr Giles says despite the support of both the Prime Minister and other  state leaders  there is still a significant issue Territorians need to deal with.


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  • And that’s a Wrap from the NIMA’s 2015
    Monday, July 27th, 2015


    The National Indigenous Music Awards are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous Music Awards and have been celebrating Australian Music for over 11 years!

    the NIMA’s showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. The awards being together those who are yet to make their make in the industry and those who have gained national and international success.

  • Straight Talk Giving Indigenous Women Tools to Effect Change in Their Communities
    Monday, July 27th, 2015

    Oxfam is a world-wide development organisation that mobilises the power of people against poverty. They provide people with the skills and resources to help them create their own solutions to poverty.

    Straight Talk is a program that connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the political system and builds the capacity of women as change makers, with a focus on practical tools and confidence. Straight Talk brings people together to share, learn and be effective in making a difference in their Communities.

    Ngarra Murray a Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta women from Victoria is the Program Officer for the Straight Talk program and she joins us on the program today.


  • Crowds Flock To Darwin For 2015 NIMA’s
    Monday, July 27th, 2015

    People from all across Australia flocked to Darwin to celebrate some of the best in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music scene.

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    The NIMAs showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. The Awards bring together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.

    2015 National Indigenous Music Award Winners

    Artist of the Year: Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan

    Album of the Year: Sheplife – Briggs

    Song of the Year: How much does your love cost? – Thelma Plum

    New Talent of the Year: Philly

    Cover Art of the Year: Cause N Affect – Radical Son. Design: Spencer Harvey & Lloyd Harvey

    Film Clip of the Year: Bad Apples – Briggs. Produced by Heath Kerr & Josh Davis

    Community Music Clip: Cairns Murri Crew – Built to Last. Desert Pea Media

    Traditional Award: Djalu Gurruwiwi and East Journey for Mokuy & Bonba

    Hall of Fame: Vic Simms and Blekbala Mujik

    School Band of the Year: The Karungkarni Band

  • 2015 NIMAS: A Celebration Of Music And Culture
    Monday, July 27th, 2015

    The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and they have been celebrating Australian music for 11 years!

    Held annually under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. This years line up was an epic show stopper, with performances from Frank Yamma, Gurrumul Yunupingu, B2M, Blekbala Mujik, East Journey, Yothu Yindi and many more.