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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


‘Wild Australia’ exhibition


A valuable historical collection of photos of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance troupe are being displayed in an exhibition called ‘Wild Australia’ in the Anthropology museum at the University of Queensland.

The earliest know photo of the troupe was taken in 1892 at St Lucia in Brisbane where members gathered for a dress rehearsal. They had come from the Indigenous groups of Wakaya, Kuthant, Kurtjar, Arapa, Walangama, Mayikulan, Kabi Kabi, Kaladoon and Muralag.

Professor Paul Memmott director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Center says that the images are “mostly men” however, there are four women and one child in the troupe of 27.

The photographers were at the time some of the leading photographers in the country. The Museum Director Dr. Dianna Young who commissioned the exhibition says it’s an important contribution to Australia’s history and says our past should be acknowledged.


Heart Disease On the Rise in Aboriginal people


Photo Courtesy: SBS.com.au

The recent report on Aboriginal Heart Health is being dubbed as one of the ‘most comprehensive every published in Western Australia.’ The report uncovers that although the Gap for Cardio Vascular disease among Aboriginal people is slowly decreasing there is still a lot to be done to close the Health inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Report Author Dr. Judy Katzenellenbogen says that the work needs to start with our hospital systems and out of hospital care. While programs need to be in place to help Aboriginal people when it comes to smoking and things that lead to heart attacks.

She says that recent reports reveal a significant decline in chronic diseases including heart disease however, despite these efforts there is still a lot of work to be done.


AHC Don’t Want A Publicity Stunt


Residents of The Block received a move on order last week. Evictions are nothing new to the block these recent evictions could be the final chapter in the ongoing feud.

Jenny Munro has told CAAMA Radio that she is committed to standing her ground to the protect the block from commercial development, rather she says, it should be used for what it was set aside for and that is Aboriginal housing.

The company behind the multi million dollar project set for the Block say they too are committed to ensuring Aboriginal Housing is also built on the site.

The Aboriginal Housing Company were set to meet with Redfern residents at the inner Sydney site on Tuesday afternoon. However, due to an overwhelming presence of media at the site the AHC declined the meeting instead they say they would like the mediation to be “more constructive” rather than “a publicity opportunity.”

The AHC say they will continue to strive to to make sure the Block remains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and controlled into the future.



CAAMA news 25-02-15

CAAMA news team: Damien Williams, Donna Campbell, Kyle Dowling, Justin Fenwick

The stand-off between Redfern locals at the Block and Aboriginal Housing Company is continuing with social commentator’s weighing in on the debate, the Co-Founder of an online new source has expressed his thoughts and concerns surrounding the current Redfern evictions.

Keeping in Redfern and long-time Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Ray Jackson has spoken out about his concerns surrounding the meeting with Aboriginal Housing Company.

Young onset Dementia is on the rise across Australia and is set to affect more than 37,000 people by 2050. However, vital funding for essential support programs is now under threat.

A group of Central Australian Northern Territory Emergency Services Volunteers are jetting off to a Top End community to help with disaster relief in the wake of Cyclone Lam.


We’re Not Going Anywhere!

WikiLeaks spokesperson Gerry Georgatos - AAP-1

courtesy of: sbs.com.au


The Residents of the Tent Embassy of the Redfern site known as The Block, say they are not going anywhere as an eviction notice was issued by Aboriginal Housing Company to the Embassy members.

The ongoing feud between AHC and the residents of the inner city site has finally come to, what looks like it’s final chapter in the ongoing saga. Jenny Munro told CAAMA News she would remain on the historical site and ‘wouldn’t be going anywhere.’

The Aboriginal Housing Company erected signs on Friday notifying residents of the Tent Embassy they are trespassing on AHC land and need to vacate the premises.

We’re Still On The Block! Jenny Munro Speaks Out 

Gerry Georgatos spoke to CAAMA News about the situation at The Block and says that Jenny Munro will always ‘defend’ the block! Mr. Georgatos says that the ongoing feud has been brewing for a long time and has been evident through disagreements witnessed by himself and other members of the public, between AHC and residents of the historical site.

He says that the block is still an opportunity “and that’s what Jenny and other residents see.” An opportunity for Aboriginal people which seems to be being overlooked by AHC.

CAAMA has tired to contact AHC a number of times for comment however, calls went unanswered.

We’re Still On The Block!


They were given 48 hours and signs were erected that allegedly told them to get off the land otherwise they would be ‘forcibly removed’ if they were caught trespassing! But worst of all they were told they had to leave the site known as The Block! We’re not talking about Scotty Cam from the Channel Nine reality show. We’re talking Jenny Munro and the mob from Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy!

On Friday tensions between residents of The Block and Aboriginal Housing Company came to ahead. The company issued residents with an ‘eviction’ notice at the weekend giving them only 48 hours to vacate the site.

The historic inner city site, which was set aside for Aboriginal housing, is now in fear of being demolished to make way for a $73 Million Dollar development by Aboriginal Housing Company!

Jenny Munro says that the historic site was put aside for Aboriginal Housing and is standing firm on her beliefs for what the site was set aside for.

Mickey Mundine was unavailable for comment today and CAAMA Made a number of attempts to make contact with AHC. All attempts  were unsuccessful. However Ms Munro says that she isn’t leaving the historic site. She says that the company will ‘hopefully’ meet with the residents of The Block.

Greater community involvement is needed…

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A Central Australian health worker has lodged a complaint with a South Australian peak housing organisation about the wording it used in a brochure to describe how her people need to care for their homes.

Kiema Forbes, an Aboriginal woman for Hermannsburg believes much of the content  contained in the brochure is derogatory to Aboriginal people… but says she is also saddened because Shelter SA has done good work for her people in the Pitlands and across SA.

Cheryl Axelby the CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement in South
Australia also joins us to  share her thoughts.

Keima Forbes and Cheryl Axelby  chat with Kyle Dowling.

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New Report looking at alternatives to imprisonment…


Australia’s national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research institute the Lowitja Institute recently published a report which looks at alternatives to imprisonment. Aboriginal incarceration remains an alarming human rights issue in Australia, with the proportion of incarcerations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders continuing to increase.

Lowitja Institute CEO Romlie Mokak a Djugun man from Broome was saddened by the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Islander Australians, stating that the notion of closing the gap is simply that at moment. Mr Mokak is hopeful the study can make an important contribution to the justice policy debate, with a citizen’s jury offering improved aid policy development through an alternative method of assessing the critically informed public perception. Mr Mokak shared his thoughts on the study over a chat with Kyle Dowling.


Dr Paul Simpson a research fellow at the Kirby institute from the University of NSW, one of the head researches for the study is aware that public perception is an obstacle where offender’s social, cultural and economic circumstances are often not taken into account among jurors. Dr Simpson says the study focuses on prevention, achieved through greater levels of support and engagement with communities.

Australia farewells a visionary and pioneer for Aboriginal and Islander affairs…

Late last week Australia lost a visionary and pioneer for Aboriginal and Islander affairs, Faith Bandler past away at the age of 96. Her struggles made history, playing a key role in the 1967 referendum when Australians voted overwhelmingly to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Australians.

Peter Botsman an honorary fellow at the university of Melbourne  joined Damien Williams and Kyle Dowling to share his thoughts on Faith Bandlers contribution to the nation. Fellow Melbourne University Professor and biographer of Faith Bandler Marilyn Lake, also shared some insight into the character of the late great women.

Ms Bandler played an important role in giving Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders the recognition they deserve, she will be sorely missed.



Long time Aboriginal rights campaigner Ray Jackson vs Gary Johns !

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Ray Jackson a Wiradjuri man from Redfern and long-time Aboriginal rights campaigner has responded to controversial comments made by Gary Johns in a  recent opinion piece. Ray Jackson had a chat with Kyle Dowling strongly voicing his opinion of the former minister stating that forced contraception is deeply unfair and the decision was made under the perception that all on welfare payments are freeloaders.

Ray Jackson also expressed his frustration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family were cited by Gary Johns when discussing that some people should not be parents all together especially at the expense of the tax payers.

Improving the genetic quality of Australia ….. Paddy Gibson responds to Gary Johns.


Growing condemnation of a media article which suggests that  those on welfare   shouldn’t receive welfare payments unless they are using contraception.

“The Australian”: newspaper columnist and former Labor MP Gary Johns writes “some families, some communities, some cultures breed strife…. the idea that someone can have the taxpayer, as of right, fund the choice to have a child is repugnant”.

In a column titled “No Contraception, No Dole,” Johns singles out a Sydney Aboriginal family and the recent tragedy in Cairns involving a Torres strait Islander family-  to push his case.

Paddy Gibson a researcher with  Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning says there is no confusion in the article about who Johns is mainly referring to for his proposed solution.