Tag Archives: Aboriginal Affairs

Broadcasters talk about working at CAAMA

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at CAAMA Radio? Two of our young Aboriginal broadcasters, Mikaela and Lorena, spoke to Questacon about their radio careers.

Barkly Work Camp Open Day


The Barkly Work Camp (the Work Camp) is a low-security correctional work camp located on Peko Road, 2kms from the Tennant Creek town centre. The Work Camp was officially opened on 8 September 2011 and holds low and open-security prisoners. No sex offenders or prisoners of public interest are considered for placement at the Work Camp.
CAAMA Radio took part in the first open day event since the work camp opened. A large crowd attended and witnessed the innovative open minded approach that correctional services has implemented at this site. Continue reading

We cannot ignore the human question of the debate …Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr  Tim Soutphommasane with Aboriginal  rights campaigner Adam Goodes......A new poll showing 88% of respondents disagree with the idea  that it should be lawful to offend, insult or humiliate a person on the basis of race is further evidence that changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are unwarranted and unwanted according to  Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane.

A first-generation Australian of Chinese and Lao extraction, Dr Soutphommasane was raised in southwest Sydney. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, from where he also holds a Master of Philosophy degree.

Race Relations Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane changes to racial vilification law

Corporate Australia Challenged…

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Photo Courtesy: http://www.alantudge.com.au

Tony Abbott’s Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs have called on corporate Australia, to take a bigger role in closing the employment gap after it was revealed 1.3% of all private sector employees were Aboriginal.

Mr Tudge says greater efforts should be made to increase the rates of employment of Australia’s First Peoples.

Alan Tudge

 

Tom Calma – school has to be appropriate for Aboriginal kids.

Dr Tom Calma  caama photo A veteran Northern Territory Aboriginal rights campaigner who has  climbed the heights of mainstream academia while maintaining ” a fire in the belly ” for the rights of his people, has questioned the Abbott Governments primary  focus on school attendance as the best way of closing the disadvantage gap between  his people and mainstream society.

INCOMING Canberra University chancellor Dr  Tom Calma  talks to Paul Wiles about  some of the   issues which impact on the education of  Aborignal children in remote communities.

Dr Tom Calma

 

Mundine talks up jobs for remote communities !

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The boss of Prime Minister Tony Abbotts Aboriginal Advisory Council has fired off a strong warning to  those  that remain critical about the future viability of remote Aboriginal communities.

Right  wing think tanks have  long been critical of  money spent by Government  in remote Aboriginal communities  and  suggested the best way to avoid this cash flow is for Aboriginal people to integrate into mainstream society…but Warren Mundine. l says he has other plans for these communities.

Warren Mundine

Dr Sharman Stone heads up grog inquiry.

sharman Stone-crop The chair of the Abbott governments inquiry into alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities  has questioned  the country’s failure to  take on the liquor industry in the same way that it  successfully tackled the large  tobacco companies to reduce smoking.

Dr Sharman Stone, Chair  of House of Representatives standing committee on Indigenous Affairs has also responded to claims that by focussing the inquiry in to the Aboriginal community…it has shifted the focus off drinking problems away from  mainstream  society.

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Close the gap…..but apparently not with public servants wages !

 

Michael Mansell phooto courtesy TAChttp://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Michael-Mansell-talks-institutional-racism.mp3

Michael Mansell talks institutional racism

Arm-twisting the Abbott Government not to be the chief protectors.

 

Les Melzer caama photo (2)The peak representative body for Aboriginal and Islander Australians says it will be more forceful about arm-twisting the Abbott Government to not be the chief protectors that control its people’s committee’s and remove key organisations.

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples co-chair Les Malezer  says the Federal Minster for Indigenous Affairs, Territory Senator Nigel Scullion was being mischievous with his comments about the role of the National Congress

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Whitegate mob have a plan for their kids future !

Community members of   the Whitegate camp near Mparrentwe Alice Springs  are concerned about the possible  loss of their land and culture following  claims in local media that  the government is  preparing to develop the land and move camp residents off their country.

Community elder  Felicity Hayes says  her people have  a development  plan which will  help secure the future  for their children and the the tight  knit community

Felicity Hayes Whitgate Mob

 

NT gets tough on community cannabis suppliers !

John_Elferink_CLPThe Northern Territory Government has warned suppliers caught trafficking cannabis into Aboriginal communities that they now face a maximum penalty of nine years in goal.
Attorney General John Elferink says new legislation passed by the Northern Territory government will strengthen existing offences which currently cannot convict a person charged with the supply of a dangerous drug in communities unless it is supplied to an individual.

 

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Minister talks about role of Advisory Council and the future of the National Congress.

Nigel Scullion CAAMA photo 2014 (2)

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