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The Hard Questions from Aboriginal Australia to Gary Johns


Source: 2GB.com.au

Former ALP party member Gary Johns must now face up to the hard questions being asked by Aboriginal Australia after his article in The Australian.The article titled Aborigines must face up to the hard questions points out his view that Aboriginal people have no ‘need’ to live on country.

In his article he is critical of Aboriginal people needing a connection to country any more. Saying that those who live on remote communities are not creating a viable economic future for their people. Rather he says they’re “sitting idle, playing cards and taking benefits for pretend work.”

Mr. Johns that Aboriginal people should move off the homelands and into respected jobs and industries. Although he says there is no one stick approach when it comes to helping those on communities move off he says it comes down to how willing the government is to help Aboriginal people build an “economically viable future.”

Aboriginal Commentators Hit Back at Johns’ Racist Comments

Celeste Liddle

Social Commentator Celeste Liddle has spoken out about former Politician Gary Johns. Labelling his comments as ridiculous.

Johns made comments in an opinion piece in The Australian where he claims Aboriginal people have no need to live on country any more and are just wasting taxpayers money for what he calls a ‘lifestyle.’

His comments add fuel to the Government’s fire and come only weeks after Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that Aboriginal people who live on remote communities are only living there because of a “lifestyle choice”.

Ms. Liddle says that she agrees with one comment. Aboriginal people are worse off now than they were 40 years ago. Ms. Liddle says that sadly Australian’s at large have a negative view of Aboriginal people and that needs to change and it starts with mainstream media helping to change that image by promoting the good work that Aboriginal people…

CAAMA NEWS 25-03-15

CAAMA NEWS: Justin Fenwick, Mikalea Simpson, Lorena Walker, Allan Neilson

The spokesperson for a leading environmental Alliance has called on the CLP Government to stop subsidising mining companies… and invest funds directly back into Aboriginal communities in a bid to improve infrastructure…

A recent report into an innovative money management program has found siginificant progress in building the financial skills of Aboriginal people in the APY lands, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Meanwhile in Western Australia aboriginal people at the noongar tent embassy are still concerned about their future.

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The ‘Big Man’ – The Life and Legacy of Malcolm Fraser


Source: news.com.au


Malcolm Fraser was Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister and Friday morning Australians woke to the news that in the early hours of the morning he had passed away at the age of 84.

Fraser’s Government changed the political space. The Chair of the Prime Minister’s Aboriginal Advisory Council, Warren Mundine described Mr. Fraser as a man who was ahead of his time.

During his time as Prime Minister he established SBS and made contributions to Aboriginal Land Rights as well as introduced sled governance to the Northern Territory.

Mr. Mudine sees Fraser as a visionary of his time. Mr Fraser spoke of issues surrounding Refugee’s and Aboriginal Land Rights as well as being passionate about Humanitarian rights. All issues which are still being spoken about in Parliament today.

Warren Mundine – Malcolm Fraser





CAAMA News 20-03-14

CAAMA News Team: Lorena Walker, Kyle Dowling, Donna Campbell, Justin Fenwick.

Thousands have protested across the country against the closure of Western Australian remote Aboriginal Communities.

Over 2,000 people turned out in Perth City and thousands more across the country in cities and towns to show their support against the western Australian Government’s decision to close up 150 Aboriginal communities.

While in Alice Springs residents organised their own rally hitting back at the Western Australian government and their proposed community closures.

Close the Gap Day celebration were held right across the country. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live shorter lives than other Australians – on average 10 to 17 years less But that doesn’t have to be the case…



Photo Source: Ben Moretti

Hundreds turned out in Adelaide today to protest against Western Australia community closure. People rallied across the country today from Alice Springs to Western Australia and on the Eastern Seaboard from Brisbane to Melbourne.

Everyone marching and paying respects to those who are affected by proposed Western Australian community closures. 150 communities are being proposed to be closed.

New album on new label ” THERRKA” – Desert Mulga’s debut album


A large crowd gathered down at the Memo Club, for the launch of the THERRKA RECORD LABEL which is a new sub-label of CAAMA Music, That provides support for ‘grass-roots’ recordings by Aboriginal bands living in remote locations.

This new label, meaning ‘grass’ in Arrernte, will provide a fast-track route for bands to hear and sell their music within one month of the initial recording process.

Today was also the launch of the new album from Desert Mulga which is the first album to come out under the THERRKA label.

DESERT MULGA is from the remote communities of Nyirripi and Yuendumu, they have developed their own take on desert reggae, incorporating acoustic guitar, ska beats, calypso soundscapes. Singing in both Walpri and English. The band have featured on the soundtrack to the movie ‘Samson & Delilah.’

The members of Desert Mulga are:

Shannon Gallagher – lead vocals and keyboard

Steven Brown – backing vocals

Scotty Brown – lead guitar

Gregwyn Gibson – bass guitar

Matthew Gibson – rhythm guitar

Elijah Williams – keyboard #2

Simo Brown – drums

James Turner – backing vocals

Josiah Fry – Keyboard #1

The Today Show visits Uluru!

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The Today Show hit Uluru here in the Northern Territory in the I Love Australia campaign taking them right across the country in every state and territory!

Karl and Lisa as well as Richard Wilkins broadcast LIVE from the rock this morning along with Territory’s own Jessica Mauboy and Alice Springs local musician and NITV reporter/ host Catherine Satour!

Karl has in recent times spoken out in favour for more Aboriginal people to be in mainstream media and says we need “black faces” on our TV!

CAAMA NEWS 9-03-15

The Federal Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Australians says funding arrangements announced by the Abbott Government have gutted thirteen hundred frontline services and left many more uncertain how they will continue to operate into the future.

The Australian Greens have slammed a report assessing the long-term sustainability of Government policies on Australians, claiming that there is lack of representation of Aboriginal and Islander Australians who are virtually missing from the report.




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Today was Our celebration of Mardi Gra! The Red Centre way! We had a chat to our friends on the ground and in the thick of it all! Catch up on today’s show and all the glitter and action of Mardi Gras RIGHT here on caama.com.au


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.

$28,000 for Breaking Down Legal Language


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.