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Turning a negative into a positive at Coober Pedy……

The distribution of a racist flyer in the lead up to the local town council election has angered and upset the  Aboriginal community in  Coober Pedy….but local man and Secretary of the Concerned Residents Group, Bundi Pantelis , says despite himself and other members being named in the flyer… the Concerned Residents Group has never agreed or endorsed in any way the views that it pushed.

Mr Pantelis says the author of the racist flyers had attended two of their meetings 12 months ago… but when he expressed his views about Aboriginal people he was told that he was no longer welcome to attend.

Mr Pantelis told CAAMA that the concerned Residents Group also contained a number of Aboriginal people and they had been dumbfounded that they were being accused of racial discrimination.

Bundi Panteliis Concerned Citizens Group coober Pedy


Commonwealth Ombudsman Office “We Will Listen”.

Recently representatives from the Commonwealth Ombudsman Office visited Northern Territory Community, Titjikala. The Office conducted a complaint clinic where local community members were able to voice any concerns they have in regards to Centrelink Payments, Job Services Australia, Child Support,  Australia Post, The Australian Taxation Office, The Department of Health and many other areas of concern.

Senior Assistant Ombudsman George Masry joins Mikaela Simpson on Strong Voices for a follow-up of the recent visit to Titjikala.

Australia’s ‘defining moment’ a disastrous moment

After Tony Abbott’s comments that colonisation was Australia’s “defining moment”, Warren Mundine raises his voice to say it was a “disastrous moment”.

Our world changed into a nightmare… overnight !

warren mundine CAAMA  photo


The Chair of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council says the arrival of the First Fleet and subsequent colonisation of Australia was a defining moment, because it changed the world of his people into a nightmare… overnight.

Warren Mundine was responding to claims made by Mr Abbott late last week that the arrival of the First Fleet was THE defining moment in the history of this continent.

“Aboriginal Art, It’s Who We Are”- Philip Watkins Desart CEO

Desart CEO Phillip Watkins with Mikaela Simpson

Desert Mob Symposium brings artists from Desart member Art Centres together with special guests for a day of inspiring stories and remarkable projects. To commemorate 21 years of Desart this vibrant program takes the theme of ‘Reflection & Projection’, which explores and celebrates the past and future of Aboriginal Art from Art Centres in Central Australia.

Desart CEO Philip Watkins joins Mikaela Simpson on Strong Voices to talk more about the upcoming festival.


Negotiations for nuclear waste repository must be in language – First Nations Party founder.

Maurie Japarta Ryan

The founder of Australia’s First Nations Political Party has called for full and proper consultations in language before any Native Title holders in the Territory can give consent for the location of a nuclear waste repository on their land.

Maurie Japarta Ryan, a fierce critic of the Northern Land Councils nomination of the Muckaty site, says any involvement by the Land Councils is a conflict of interest.

maurie ryan repository

Harmony Goes 25yrs at BAMfest 2014

The 25th Desert Harmony Festival pays homage to the Barkly’s ‘History of Innovation’, bringing to light the faded memories from the past 25 years and fusing it with the festival of today. In honour of the Barkly community and this momentous occasion, this years Festivals Australia project saw ‘notorious’ stencil artist, Regan Tamanui, line the main street of Tennant Creek with 25 banners, reflecting the spirit of community and festival.

Tjintu Desert Band at BAMFEST was the headline act and they didn’t disappoint. BAMfest lived up to its name offering live music and great entertainment to a large crowd. BAMfest was broadcast live on the CAAMA Network

Racist rhetoric concerns Coober Pedy Health Clinic

The distribution of a racist flyer in the lead up to local town council elections in Coober Pedy has angered and upset the local Aboriginal community.

The flyer, one of a number distributed throughout the town by a Concerned Citizens Group, lists the removal of Aboriginal people from Coober Pedy as one of three main priorities.

Priscilla Larkins, CEO of the Umoona Health Clinic who describes herself as a a proud Aboriginal person, described the contents of the flyer as disgusting.

Ms Larkins told CAAMA that some clients attending the clinic had spoken about the flyers, saying the accusations and comments about their people made them feel worried about their future in the community.

Priscilla Larkins Umoona Health

Friday Afternoon with Kenny

Kenny Windley bringing a cheer to everybody’s Friday afternoon “Live” in the CAAMA Studios

Waltja announced as finalist for Indigenous Governance Awards

Alice Springs’ own Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi has made the top 8 finalists for the Indigenous Governance Awards. Waltja employs senior women in remote communities to help deliver family programs which build cultural knowledge. CAAMA tagged along with the judging panel to find out just why they’ve been shortlisted for this year’s award.

“Aboriginal people can do whatever we damn well like and we can do it well.” – Mick Dodson

Mick Dodson is judging this year’s Indigenous Governance Awards and says Indigenous organisations could really show non-Indigenous organisations a thing or two.

Black and white support grows for Whitegate