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The consequences of change of ownership for Aboriginal newspaper.

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The future of a leading national Aboriginal newspaper remains unclear…. with a group of grassroots Aboriginal rights campaigners and academics engaged in a bidding race against a pro-business Aboriginal group for ownership of the award-winning publication.

Recognised  as a bridge in the knowledge gap between mainstream Australia and the ambitions and concerns of Aboriginal people’s …. the National Indigenous Times has attracted the  interest of  a pro-business Aboriginal syndicate and a grassroots Aboriginal rights group made up of academics and supportive  campaigners.

Gerry Georgatos…a researcher and volunteer correspondent at the National Indigenous Times for over three years says the paper which has expressed community concerns over many years  should maintain its founding principles which allows for  discussion  about racism, marginalisation and impoverishment .

The pro-development group headed by  Aboriginal academic  Professor Marcia Langton aspires for increased  employment through economic empowerment in the mining sector.

Mr Georgatos acknowledged the two groups vying for ownership  have  different aspirations, but in the end,  both  are working to benefit Aboriginal people.

 

Please Respect Our Land! Warren H Williams weighs in…

Warren H Williams has an important message for all the mob visiting Mbantua (Alice Springs)… remember this is sacred Arrente land, don’t destroy it!

The Push for support services for Aboriginal gay and transgendered people!

Photo: abc.net.au

Photo: abc.net.au

Sydney’s gay and lesbian Mardi Gras is in full swing with the final conclusions to the festival this weekend broadcast on SBS. Among the 10,000 people marching will be GLBTIQ Aboriginal people from Across the country including the first Bunjalung Drag Queen Destiny Haz Arrived who will be performing with the Northern Territory’s own Pop Princess Jessica Mauboy.

Although hot on everyone’s lips is what protocols are in place for Mardi Gras when it comes to cultural appropriateness. Two Sistergirls from Central Australia have spoken out about the need for cultural protocol ahead of this year’s celebrations.

Brie Curtis and her sister Rosalina have spoken out about the annual festival urging committe members of the Mardi Gras to include cultural protocol and support for Sistergirls and Brotherboys.

Brie says that she always knew she was a Sistergirl. Ms. Curtis’ story is one which is incredible often those who come out on communities are shunned and turned away however, growing up she says she she was lucky as she wasn’t turned away, rather she was accepted by her family and friends straight away.

Although as the date for the Mardi Gras is closing in with the annual parade scheduled for this Saturday Ms. Curtis is urging the committee to think about cultural protocol and the inclusion of Brotherboys and Sistergirls within the annual festival.

She says that education is the key and that those on communities need to know there is support there for them when they feel like they need to talk to someone about their issues and not keep them bottled up inside.

SBS boss wants to educate wider community about the mob !

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SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) CEO Michael Ebeid admits a big effort is needed to educate the wider Australian community about Aboriginal and Torres  Strait Islander peoples.. and their significance as First Nation Australians.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Michael  moved to Sydney  with his family when he was three.

CAAMA News Director Paul Wiles recently visited SBS headquarters in Sydney and spoke with Mr Ebeid about the future of the National Indigenous Television Service and the ongoing role that SBS has to play in educating ethnic Australians about our history.

West Australian Nhunda, Wadjarri man talks about Deaths in Custody and Closure of Communities in WA.

Shaun Harris a Nhunda & Wadjarri man and uncle of a young Aboriginal woman who died in police custody last year has been travelling around the country speaking out against deaths in custody.

Mr Harris told CAAMA RADIO that Heirisson Island in Perth’s Swan River will become a  meeting place for Aboriginal people who are being forced to leave their communities as   the Western Australian Government withdraws services.

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

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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.

Prime Minister Of Aboriginal Affairs Called On To Reverse Cuts To ALS…

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Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT have started a petition to reverse massive funding cuts of nearly 20% to frontline services. Phil Naden, Chief Executive Officer of ALS told CAAMA Radio he is hopeful the Prime Minister and Attorney General will reverse the decision to cut funding from ALS because of the damaging effect it will have on Aboriginal families and particularly children.

CAAMA Radio trainee Mikaela Simpson caught up with Mr Naden on Strong Voices.

Nurnakah Show 27-03-15

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This Week was CRAZY! We loved brining you Nurnakah show! We had a chat to local doctor Hilary Taylor about her involvement in the Alice Springs Pride Carnivale!

And we caught up with our Producer! Justin Fenwick about his experience of coming out and how he deals with culture. A very interesting conversation! Nurnakah show is broadcast EVERY Friday at 9AM CST 10:30AEDT tune in 100.5 in Alice Springs OR through www.caama.com.au