Strong Voices

Strong Voices

Our flagship magazine program provides listeners with up to date Aboriginal current affairs daily on CAAMA Radio. Produced by Paul Wiles and hosted by Paul Wiles, Teghan Hughes & Philippe Perez

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9th October 2017

On today's program:

* We hear the latest from the Kudji Karrilyi gathering that took place at Spell Bore, 20kms north of Elliot in the NT. Representatives from as west as Walpiri country and as east as Boroloola met to discuss concerns for proposed fracking in that area.

* We hear from people who were attending and involved in community days at both the GAP Youth Centre and Tangentyere Council's Family Day

* The Dean of Faculty of Health Science at the University of Sydney who awarded Adam Goodes an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences speaks about why the AFL star won the award.

Hosted by Philippe Perez

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6th October 2017

On today's Strong Voices:

* Senior broadcaster at Torres Strait Islander radio station 4MW Sylvie Tabua spoke to Philippe Perez from the Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju last week.

* Terra Nullius is a new novel that presents an alternate reality of Australia’s history of invasion written by author Claire G Coleman. We hear from the author care of The Wire.

Joely Manton from the University of Newcastle talks to Teghan Hughes about the Sista Quit campaign and trial looking to give doctors the information needed to help  Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women quit smoking while pregnant.

Hosted by Philippe Perez

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5th October 2017

In today's Strong Voices:

* We hear from Breast cancer survivor and Yorta Yorta Elder Aunty Pam Pederson who has a message for all women listening.

* We also hear from the Social Services Manager at the Tangentyere Council Russell Farrell who tells us all about the Tangentyere family day happening in Alice Springs…

* Melbourne retired teacher Peter Clark read a newspaper article about a Noongar single mother of 5, who had been imprisoned for unpaid fines relating to an unregistered dog from 5 years ago. Enraged that a mother could be jailed for something so minor, Mr Clark called the jail and after a few roadblocks, paid the $4,000 fine. I chatted with Peter this week to hear his story. And in doing so… found a perspective of a “European Australians” view of the reality of Aboriginal people’s lives in other parts of Australia. 

Hosted By Teghan Hughes

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4th October 2017

In today's Strong Voices

* This week, Alice Springs will be visited by representatives of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, also known as the ACTU. Lara Watson is the ACTU Indigenous Officer and Wayne Costello, the ACTU Indigenous Educator, will be hosting a workshop for CDP Workers who might be interested in learning more about their workers’ rights or even joining the First Nations Workers Alliance.The First Nations Workers Alliance is essentially a Trade Union for CDP Workers. Trade unions have a long history of contributing to a fair go for aboriginal workers, from the Wave Hill walk off to the Palm Island Strike. 

Leigh Harris from Ingeious Studios in Cairns, freelance photographer Jeff Tan and Jason Japaljarri Woods from PAW Media all talking to Philippe Perez at the 19th Remote Indigenous Media Festival.

Kudij Karrilyi - Stand Strong for Country Gathering: Elders, young people and community members from neighboring language groups that share songlines including the Jingili, Muburra, Wambaya, Warramungu, Garrawa, Yanyuwa, Warlpiri and Alawa are invited to attend. The gathering has come about   follow ongoing aboriginal concerns for the protection of their lands, waterways, sacred sites and songlines from the Fracking Industry. Group Spokeswoman Elanor Dixon from Marlija Community told CAAMA why it is important to become involved.

Hosted By Teghan Hughes

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3rd October 2017

On today's Strong Voices

* Teghan Hughes spoke with the acting director for the Centre for Disease Control, Dr Charles Douglas about the health alert issued last week by the Northern Territory Department of Health  about a meningococcal outbreak in central Australia. Meningococcal meningitis is the inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord and if left untreated it can be threatening. 

Charles Massey was a 5th generation conservative sheep farmer when a cruel drought changed the way he farmed forever. Since that drought he talks about a way of farming where he listens to the land and takes advice from local Aboriginal people. He speaks here to Annie Hastwell, care of The Wire

* Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have shown one in 18 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths is a suicide however Aboriginal rights campaigner and researcher Gerry Georgatis disputes this, and says the figure is closer to 1 in 10. He spoke to Philippe Perez about his research and what needs to be done to improve the situation.

Hosted by Teghan Hughes

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2nd October 2017

In today's Strong Voices:

* Last Wednesday a Noongar woman initially called the police to attend her home in regards to a violent family member, but she was arrested instead after a background check on her found she had not paid nearly four thousand dollars’ worth of fines.

Police placed her in Western Australia’s Melaleuca women’s prison and told that unless she could pay the outstanding fine she would have to stay in prison for 14 days. On Friday an anonymous doner has payed the debt and the woman is now no longer in jail. 

Gerry Georgatis, an Aboriginal rights campaigner who has been following the case says these circumstances were similar to the 2014 arrest of the Yamatji woman Ms Dhu. He spoke to Philippe Perez

Professor Wendy Hoy, the Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease based at the University of Queensland speaks with Paul Wiles about new data regarding Tiwi Islander health.

Hosted by Teghan Hughes

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29th September 2017

In today's show..

* CAAMA caught up with one of Australia’s leading criminologists, Professor Chris Cunneen from the University of NSW to talk about Australia’s age of criminal responsibility. Currently, the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia is 10 years old yet, however research shows that children who have contact with the criminal justice system between the ages of 10 and 14, are far more likely to fall into patterns of repeated detention in their later years. 

* Philippe brings us his latest story from the 19th Remote Indigenous Media festivaltoday he chats with Warlpiri elder and translator Ned Jampijinpa Hargraves.

* A team of young aboriginal fashion designers and models have returned from Darwin where they were given the opportunity to be teen mentors at the NT Teen Fashion Awards.. I caught up with the over achieving group and the YAPA StylesHannah Nungarrayi to hear how it all went…..

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28th September 2017

In today's show: 

* We head to Irruntytju where the 19th Remote Indigenous Media Festival is continuing on. The festival is hosting many Aboriginal & Torres Strait videographers, radio announcers and producers all talking about projects and ideas that should shape how their community receives news. 

Philippe Perez spoke to Clare Stuchbery from the Community Broadcasting Foundation about her role and what she hopes to learn from remote Indigenous media.

* The Northern Territory Minister for Education Eva Lawler popped into the CAAMA studio to tell us all about the Juno Centre.. a dedicated education center in Tennant Creek aimed at engaging remote and regional students in Alternative education programs by offering art, sport, music, health and learning on country..

* We hear: from Veronica, Pamela and Sebella - the Kngwarraye Grandmothers who are part of the panel discussion taking place in Alice Springs… discussing “What’s the purpose of prison?”. They invite all in Alice to attend the Shut Youth Prison rally in Alice Springs on Friday...

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27th September 2017

In today's show:

* Paul Wiles chats with Harrold Nader about football and the concerns and issues surrounding the governance and rules over the CAFL grand finals…. 

Yorta Yorta paddle boarder Cormach Evens, is raising money and awareness for Aboriginal health in a very interesting way… At 27,he is the founder of the program 'Strong Brother, Strong Sister' and 'Paddle for Aboriginal Health'...  Evangeline Maguire from The Wire files this report…

* We cross to the tiny remote community of Irrunytju/Wingellina where it normal population of approximately 150, mostly Pitjantjatjara people, is set to almost triple as it hosts The 19th Remote Indigenous Media Festival all this week. Located deep in the Gibson desert, near the tri-state border where the Northern Territory, Western Australia & South Australia meet, hundreds of aboriginal media workers are coming together from the various indigenous media organisations to celebrate the achievement and hard work.

Philippe Perez is there & will be bringing us stories all week from some of the talented people attending…Today he met with digital media worker Chloe James from PAW Media – A remote Aboriginal media organisation based in Yuendumu Community – 3 hours north-west of Alice Springs – to talk about the various work she does out there…..


Hosted by Teghan Hughes

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26th September 2017

On this episode of Strong Voices:

* New research has revealed that historical trauma continues to impact on the parenting skills of Aboriginal parents... Paul Wiles talks to Dr BJ Newton a Wiradjuri Research Associate at the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre…

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* The Federal Governments Cashless Debit Card has been rolled out in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay areas along with an additional $1million worth of funding for local support services… In an effort to combat the youth unemployment rate and alcohol and drug abuse by welfare recipients… Tamera Francis from The Wire files this report…

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* An Aboriginal perspective of Archaeology with Dr Chris Wilson… Teghan chats with the Ngarrindjeri man who has becomethe first aboriginal Australian to earn his PhD in Archaeology… 


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25th September 2017

On this episode of Strong Voices:

* Phillep Perez chats with Charles Darwin University research fellow Dr Peter Kyne about the recently discovered longtooth sawfish trapped in a small waterhole near the Daly River, 220 kilometres south of Darwin.

* Kyle Dowling spoke with Charles Darwin University senior research fellow and study lead Fiona Shally, about the National Center for Student Equity in Higher Education and the $40,000 grant to conduct a study to investigate the factors that influence University completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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* Teghan Hughes has a yarn with Logie award winning actress Miranda Tapsell about the new podcast her and other Black Comedy star Nakkiah Lui, have created called 'Pretty for an Aboriginal'.


Hosted by Teghan Hughes


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22nd September 2017

On this episode of Strong Voices:

* Karly Werner from NATSILS talks about a recent discussion that was had at the UN in Geneva addressing rising Indigenous incarceration rates & abuse in detention.

* We hear from Rhoda Roberts, curator of the Parrtjima Festival kicking off this weekend at Alice Springs Desert Park

* We also hear about recent successes for Warwick Thornton’s latest film, Sweet Country, set in and around Alice Springs.

Hosted by Philippe Perez

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21st September 2017

In today’s show:

We head to the coastal town of Elliston in South Australia where a 30 year debate over the wording of a massacre site has finally made progress….

The Regional council has voted to keep the word ‘massacre’ on as memorial plaque that marks the site of the 1849 Waterloo Bay Massacre where local Aboriginal people claim that more than 200 people were driven over the cliff…

Paul Wiles speaks with local Wirangu Elder Jack Johncock, and Elliston Council chairman Kym Callaghan….

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Barbra Shaw, an elected representative from the Central Land Council presents The Brumby Plains Statement. We also hear from Veteran Central Australian aboriginal rights campaigner Vince Forrester who tells us, his people need access to the three pillars of power within Government if they are to make any meaningful changes.


Hosted by Teghan Hughes

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20th September 2017

On today's Strong Voices: 

* Recent reports have seen people living in the remote community of Minyeri living in squalor. We hear from Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy about what he plans on doing to assist people living there

* A filmmaker's experience making a documentary on indigenous youth currently in Western Sydney's Reiby Juvenile Centre.

* We hear from Dr Stuart Keel who is the project manager of 2nd National Eye Health survey conducted by researchers at the Centre for Eye Research and the University of Melbourne. It found that indigenous communities are not served properly for simple procedures such as cataract conditions. 

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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19th September 2017

On today's Strong Voices: 

* We hear about a new piece of software allowing Djambarrpunyu speakers to learn and engage at university.

Cricket Australia announced an extension of its partnership with the Clontarf Foundation. We’ll hear what steps they’re taking to enable Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders to pathways to play at the state level.

* And Victorian Aboriginal Children’s Commissioner Andrew Jackomas was at the recent SNAICC Conference in Canberra last week, focusing on discussions about the wellbeing of Aboriginal families & children. He spoke to Paul Wiles.

Hosted by Philippe Perez

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18th September 2017

On Strong Voices today we have a special on foster care and the issues that faces parents & children: 

* Murial Bamblett, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency spoke about the recent SNAICC conference. 

* Western Sydney mother Jo Mara talks about her experiences as an Aboriginal foster carer.

* And we hear a report from Teaghan Hughes about the organisation Life Without Barriers, who are calling for more foster carers in the community. 

Hosted by Philippe Perez

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15th September 2017

In today's STRONG VOICES...

We hear from Canberra where the National Museum of Australia has a ground-breaking exhibition showcasing the Seven Sisters creation story. Named Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

We also hear about the Namatjira family and their struggle to reclaim their famous grandfathers copyrights to his watercolour paintings... 

Hosted by Teghan Hughes

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14th September 2017

In today's program…..

Current Northern Territory Leader of the Opposition Gary Higgins dropped into CAAMA to chat about the current state of the Country Liberal Party. Mr Higgins became opposition leader following one of the worst defeats in territory politics...

Desert Song Festival Director Morris Stuart…

The annual Desert Song Festival is on until September 17 in Alice Springs for its fifth year. The festival’s theme for this year is Celebrating Diversity, Holding Hands Together. Philippe Perez spoke to the Festival Director Morris Stuart & musician Quetzal Guerrero otherwise known as Q about their participation.

Youth Centre Funding

The NT government is taking youth services seriously and wants your input...

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Hosted by Teghan Hughes

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13th September 2017

In today's show...

NT Chief minister Michael Gunner has recently spoken out about aboriginality both in the NT and across the nation. The Chief Minister joined us in the CAAMA Studio to share his thoughts..(with Paul Wiles)

Jonathan Pilbrow from the Northern Territory Council of Social Service talks about the latest Cost of Living report with Philippe Perez.

We also have a Wire report about a scheme is currently underway in QLD for unpaid aboriginal workers to reclaim stolen wages..(produced by Roderick Chambers)


Hosted by Teghan Hughes


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12th September 2017

In today's program... 

Teghan recaps this years Bush Bands Bash with event coordinator of Laurie May from Music NT

Paul chats with Tammy Salonec from Amnesty International regarding youth incarceration 

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Phillippe had NT Minister for Tourism Lauren Moss in the studio to tackle matters on the Magpie geese Hunting season and bag limits


Hosted By Teghan Hughes


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11th September 2017

An Aboriginal academic has brought widespread attention to a QLD state Government Facebook post which inferred indigenous children are troublemakers.

Wire Report.....Otitis media- what is it and how does it affect Aboriginal kids ?

An outdated law that continues to impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with disabilities more than any other group in Australia is again under the spotlight.

Hosted by Paul Wiles.....


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8th September 2017

On the program today:

* We hear from artists & organisers of this years' Bush Bands Bash at the Telegraph Station in Alice Springs.

* And a report from Kyle Dowling about the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University who are playing host to the Sovereignty of Indigenous Knowledge Symposium.

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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7th September 2017

On the program today:

* Philippe Perez spoke to author Jared Thomas on ways to engage communities to improve the literacy of Aboriginal people.

* We hear from a Sydney researcher who recently took a look at the accessibility of digital devices in remote lands.

* A local group of passionate Aboriginal professionals and volunteers have won a national award for their work in developing a suicide prevention program for, people living in remote Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern Territory.

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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6th September 2017

On the program today:

* Kyle Dowling spoke with Brian Edwards & Mike Scarcella AbSec, the peak body for Aboriginal children and families who both say the NDIS is leaving them behind

* Pixie Jenkins speaks with Colin Cowell from NACCHO who tells his story about recovering from a stroke.

* And Paul Wiles speaks to Professor Alan Cass who was presented with the Kidney Health Australia Clinical Science Award for his work with Aboriginal communities.

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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5th September 2017

On the program today:

* Kyle Dowling speaks with Solid Sisters and Brothers Aboriginal youth program founder Bill Bashford and Lyric Hern a former program participant about Solid's funding concerns.

* We hear about concerns over consultations into fracking in communities in Hermannsburg. For more infor about fracking, head here

* And we hear about new opening times for the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre, catering to Aboriginal youth.

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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4th September 2017

On the program today:

* A special about the case of Zak Grieves, a man who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder despite the judge finding that he pulled out of the plot just before the act. In this show we hear from Zak Grieve mother Glenice and his brother Terrence about the hurt that mandatory sentencing laws in the NT has caused them.

* We also hear from Ivan O'Mahoney, producer & director of The Queen & Zak Grieve, a six-part vodcast documentary series by The Australian’s national crime reporter, Dan Box. To watch the series and read further articles about the ordeal, head here.

* One year after the death of a young Aboriginal teenager in Western Australia, the wounds are still fresh in the town of Kalgoorlie as discussions continue for the best way forward. 

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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1st September 2017

On the program today:

* We hear about workshops being held in Australian schools helping young Aboriginal entrepreneurs to code.

* Ken Farmer talks to Kyle Dowling  about his life as a remote dentist in the Northern Territory.

* And Paul Wiles speaks to Turnbull Government Minister NIgel Scullian who is continuing his push to see more pre-settlement indigenous history introduced  into Australian primary schools.

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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31st August 2017

On the program today: 

* NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner calls for a national day of observance for Aboriginal people

* Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy talks about his visit to Maningrida and the latest in remote housing developments

Northern Territory Senator Malindirri McCarthy talks about her time with the Luritcha Community of Papunya, to meet local people who are on the Community Development Program and hear, first hand, how it effects their lives.

* Queensland authorities are moving to remove racist place names. Murri rights campaigner Sam Watson shared some thoughts.

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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30th August 2017

On the program today: 

* NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner calls for a national day of observance for Aboriginal people

* Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy talks about his visit to Maningrida and the latest in remote housing developments

Northern Territory Senator Malindirri McCarthy talks about her time with the Luritcha Community of Papunya, to meet local people who are on the Community Development Program and hear, first hand, how it effects their lives.

* Queensland authorities are moving to remove racist place names. Murri rights campaigner Sam Watson shared some thoughts.

Hosted by Philippe Perez



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29th August 2017

On the program today: 

* A statement from 200 eminent Australians states that discriminatory policy has seen the effects of the intervention continuing on 10 years after being implemented.

* We hear from a historian who developed new map that details more that 150 massacre sites that occurred during the Frontier Wars.

* A new smartphone app is helping travellers understand local traditional knowledge in the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape

Hosted by Philippe Perez


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28th August 2017

On the program today: 

* Long-time Aboriginal rights campaigner Dr Stephen Hagan spoke to Kyle Dowling about his book the Rise and Rise of Judicial Bigotry. The book is the result of five years of research and a product of his PhD, tackling the issue of ingrained racism in the Australian Judicial system.

* Paul Wiles spoke to a number of prominent voices who have signed their names to a statement that condemned discriminatory policies against NT people. 

* Philippe Perez also reports on new developments in sporting pathways in both Cricket & AFL.


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25th August 2017

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24th August 2017

Last night marked the launch the First Nations Workers Alliance in Sydney and follows growing involvement and interest in the Alliance. Today we will hear from Australian Council of Trade Unions Indigenous Officer Lara Watson who launched the Sydney branch.

Meanwhile Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is looking for more Aboriginal Australians to get involved in the diabetes trail Lower Sugar Study.

Today is the last day for people on the Australian electoral roll if they want to be a part of the 2017 Marriage law postal vote.

The annual Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture, to be held at the University of Notre Dame’s Broome campus will be delivered by Nolan Hunter, CEO of the Kimberley Land Council & an active campaigner for native title.


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23rd August 2017

Copwatch a new innovative program which aims to empower Aboriginal communities by exposing bad behaviour and misconduct within Australian police forces is now underway.

We’ll also hear from a co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples who held a Ministerial Forum at Parliament house discussing outcomes and recommendations from a range of workshops organised by National Congress.

Another Melbourne council has followed in the footsteps of the Yarra Council scrapping its Australia Day Ceremonies on January 26th.


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22nd August 2017

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21st August 2017

On today's program one the founders of the Cathy Freeman Foundation currently travelling across the country raising awareness and support for the organisation. 

With more than 100,000 people estimated as homeless in Australia, we take a look at a recent conference in Adelaide looking to address homelessness, and can depression be passed through genes? Leading behaviour geneticist Professor Nick Martin discusses a new study.

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