More stories from the CAAMA team

  • Community Mob Urged to Understand Impacts of Fracking


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    A peak Northern Territory Environmental lobby group is urging community aboriginal people to become more informed about the impact and potential dangers of fracking and mining on their land.

    Commenting on a recently released report into fracking Arid Lands Environment Centre Director Jimmy Cocking said recommendations contained in the report do not go far enough and there is a need for a moratorium on all exploration licences until it becomes clear where the gas reserve are in the Northern Territory.

    Mr Cocking says that just having guiding principles as a regulatory measure is not enough to address and police issues associated with fracking and that there needs to be an overhaul of the Petroleum Act and the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act and more importantly that Aboriginal people should be provided all the information in language to fully understand.


  • Tribute to Tracker… David Ross, Nigel Scullion and Owen Cole Remember

    Alice Springs legend ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth, former Director of Central Land Council and member of the Stolen Generation, passed away this weekend after a long battle with cancer. He helped establish the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, as well as the region’s Aboriginal health service.

    CAAMA produced a short package for an NITV News tribute to ‘Tracker’, where current CLC Director David Ross, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, and Tilmouth’s mate Owen Cole remember his legacy.

  • Tracker Tilmouth….. driven to ensure a better deal for his people !

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    Tributes are flowing for the Territory larrikin who spent a lifetime working for his people both  “on country ” and as boss of the Central Land Council,  protecting their hard-fought gains.
    Tracker Tilmouth….the boy from The Gap in Alice Springs grew up on Croker Island as a member of the Stolen Generations before returning to Central Australia where he first  started work in the building sector.

    Best remembered as a cheeky adversary  never too shy to voice his opinions…lifetime friend and current Director of the Central Land Council David Ross says Mr Tilmouth was a driven man  who worked to ensure that his people received a better deal.

  • Aboriginal leaders bid to speed up land claims in Tasmania.

    The Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council have revealed details of land rights claims and are urging the State Government to speed up its response to claims which were set in motion in mid 2014.

    The Chairman of the Tasmanian Aboriginal land Council Clyde Mansell says the claims were made in July last year and the places hold significant cultural landscape that is important to the local aboriginal people in the area.

  • $28,000 for Breaking Down Legal Language


    A new program regarding language and the legal system has found that often legal jargon is being lost in translation.

    Miscommunication in the law is a major issues within the justice system. Linguist Samantha Disbray from CDU’s Northern Institude has started the Language and the law project in a bid to close the gap between Aboriginal Australian and the justice system.

    Ms. Disbray says that jargon for anyone who isn’t involved with the legal system is overwhelming. While she gives the example of the phrase “to kill” which can mean anything from to literally kill someone to , ‘hit’ or ‘beat.’

    The project has been funded $28,000 in a grant from the Law Society Public Purposes Trust and aims to reduce the high level of incarceration due to miscommunication within the legal system.