More stories from the CAAMA team

  • Stand up and Speak out!


    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

    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

    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!



    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!


    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