Tag Archives: Aboriginal Affairs

Colin Barnett refuses to use mining royalties to support WA communities.


The Western Australian Government’s commitment to Aboriginal affairs has been called into question following the decision against using mining royalties to support remote Aboriginal communities.

WA Premier Colin Barnett recently said the royalties for regions fund drawn from 25% of the states total mining royalties will not be used to support ‘unviable’ communities.

Nyungah Land and Culture Protector Iva Hayward-Jackson says Aboriginal people still don’t have a voice in Australia and believes international assistance needs to be sought.

Mr Hayward-Jackson offered an alternative to using mining royalties suggesting The Premier could instead use 5% of the gross domestic product to support 274 remote Aboriginal communities.

Barnett says no – Iva Hayward-Jackson

Calls for more accuracy from mainstream media

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A Melbourne based Aboriginal social commentator has challenged the main stream media to accurately report on Invasion Day protest marches and rallies rather than trying to play them down.

Arrente women Celeste Liddle says both the downsizing of the number of her people who attended the Melbourne march and the significance of the message was not picked up by the mainstream media.

Snowdon shows his support for medical terms to be translated into Aboriginal language


17 year old Nerissa Narburup from the Top End community of Palumpa told other  delegates attending the  recent Heywire Reional Youth Summit that she would like to see medical terminology translated into language.

Territory Federal Member Warren Snowden says he is confident that translating medical terminology  into  Aboriginal lanugages will improve health outcomes for local communities.


The Brothers are back for 2016!



The Brothers are back on CAAMA Radio for 2016. On first show back for the Brothers we decided to take a look at the new year to discuss where we taking the show in 2016.

We were joined by Joe Williams who is no stranger to CAAMA Radio to discuss being recognised as citizen of the year in the NSW town of Wagga Wagga.

The Brothers also had the Gman who was recently recognised as Centralian Citizen of the Year 2016.

Well awaited change… Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates now able to sell their artwork from Prison!

Kent Morris_CEO The Torch


CEO of The Torch, Kent Morris spoke to CAAMA Radio yesterday about the change that will help many Aboriginal and Islander inmates.

The Torch project was developed to encourage Indigenous and Islander inmates to learn more of their culture and their families. Morris says it is important for Aboriginal and Islander inmates to be able to practice their culture and acquire new skills which they will be able to put into practice on release.

$1m critical response to suicide, a step in the right direction.


Prof. Gerry Georgatos caamapwphoto

The Federal Minister for Indigenous affairs Nigel Scullion recently launched a new  program in Western Australia, which aims to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families affected by suicide or attempted suicide  receive  immediate  culturally appropriate family centred support.

The critical response program which received a million dollars in funding from the Turnbull government will deliver, along with existing service providers,a coordinated approach  to affected families.

Western Australian based suicide prevention researcher Gerry Georgatos says the approach is a more effective response and is a step in the right direction towards  reducing the significantly high suicide rates among first nation’s peoples.

Mr Georgatos says despite the program only being in practice for a matter weeks he is confident it will rolled out in the Northern Territory some time in the future.

Blackface and dressing up as an Aboriginal is not paying respect to first nations peoples!

An Australian icon themed 21st birthday party sent social media into a frenzy when two party goers were captured in photographs painted black and dressed as Aboriginal people.

While there was a clear divide on social media about the costumes being racially offensive, Melbourne based social commentator Celeste Liddle says she doesn’t understand why people feel the need to paint themselves black as a part of the caricature of Aboriginal people.

Ms Liddle told CAAMA Radio she believes those who feel these depictions are acceptable have a skewed view of what racism really is.


CAAMA news 02-02-2016

CAAMA news team: Damien Williams, Paul Wiles, Kyle Dowling, Lorena Walker.

Northern Territory LABO R has raised the bar in a push to develop Australia’s first National Indigenous Art Gallery in Central Australia

A photo shared on social media depicting two men who dressed up and painted themselves as Aboriginals… has sparked ongoing debate about racism within Australia.

In New South Wales a former NRL player has dismissed reports that he was disrespectful during an Australia Day award ceremony in his local community.


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Central Australian Affordable Housing Company loses out

In January 2016 the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company lost its contract to provide services to Town camps in Alice Springs CEO of Tangentyere Walter Shaw is concerned about what this will mean for the residents in town camps.

Town camper and President of the Tangentyere Council Maxine Carlton says the decision to scrap affordable housing has come at a shock to town camp residents.

Sally Langton CEO of Central Affordable Housing Company and Shadow Minister for Public and Affordable Housing Lauren Moss voice their concerns.

Affordable Housing

‘We have inherited a generational social disaster.’

Boulder Camp Jan 2016 - photographer is Louise Allerton

Boulder Camp Jan 2016 – photograph Louise Allerton

Growing concerns about the well being of Western Australia’s Spinifex Desert mob with moves to shut down a short-stay camp at Boulder in the Kalgoorlie Esperance Goldfields region.

The Boulder Camp which was set up over a decade ago to provide temporary accommodation for visitors from remote Aboriginal communities has endured ongoing criticism but a recent call by the Federal Government to close the camp is creating more distress within the community.

‘Refugees in our own country’ Anangu woman and manager of Tjuma Pulka Media Aboriginal Corporation Debbie Carmody says the closure is another example of forced removal and disposition of first nation’s peoples.

General manager of the Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation Fiona Pemberton is also concerned for the well being of visitors if the camp is closed.

‘There’s no respect as to our cultural significance full stop in Western Australia.’


Beeliar Wetlands - WA

Beeliar Wetlands WA – courtesy of Save Beeliar Wetlands facebook.

Aboriginal people in Western Australia are calling for national support in their ongoing fight against recent changes to the state government’s Administration of Aboriginal heritage,  which is now impacting on significant cultural sites.

Concern in Western Australia’s Aboriginal community is growing with many significant and sacred Aboriginal sites recently deregistered following changes to the Administration of the State’s Aboriginal Heritage legislation.

Noongar custodian Corina Abraham has criticized changes to the Heritage Act and  vowed to continue to fight for areas which hold cultural significance for he people. The full interview with Corina is below.

Meanwhile Anthropologist and member of the Aboriginal Heritage Action Alliance Stephen Bennetts says expansion of a major highway project could endanger a site which is highly sacred to the Noongar people.

Our fight isn’t against Aussies it’s against the system.

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Australia day is generally recognised  as the day when Australians dust off the thongs, pull out  the old budgie smugglers ,throw a couple snags on the barbie and relax by the pool taking in just how fortunate we are to live in such a great country.

But for many Aboriginal people its a different story with Invasion Day a stark reminder of the colonisation of their country and the genocide of their ancestors.

The question of whether the 26th of January should be celebrated continues to be a matter of debate, but Perth based Noongar Aboriginal rights campaigner Marianne Mckay says she is unable to comprehend why Australia day is still being celebrated.

Ms Mckay told CAAMA she would like to see Aboriginal people shift their focus away from Government and instead celebrate their ancestors and culture.

Listen to the full interview with Damien Williams and Mariannne Mckay here.