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
A disturbing picture for low income earners in the Northern Territory with prices across key areas such as food, housing, and health….increasing at more than the national average.
Jonothan Pilbrow from Northern Territory Council of Social Services says the 5th NT Cost of Living Report reveals the latest cost increases will make it even harder for low income and disadvantaged Territorians who are already doing it tough.
Mr Pilbrow has called for greater effort from the Territory government to address the disparity and the impact it has on low income earners.
Traditional owners of an Alice Springs town camp have urged the Giles CLP Government to work with them….rather than trying to force them off their own land.
Residents of the Whitegate camp on the eastern boundary of the town had their water supply turned off last week… as part of what they say is an ongoing campaign to force them to relocate to another nearby camp.
Felicity Hayes – Snr woman at the camp told CAAMA she believes there are other reasons behind the push to relocate then to another camp.
Felicity Hayes whitegate
Alice Springs hosted the National Community Legal Centres Conference this year, with special guest Shadow Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus. This biggest issue discussed this year was the impact of Government funding cuts on Aboriginal people who need free legal advice. Mikaela Simpson has the story.
We sat down with country music star Warren H Williams to ask him what music has meant in his life and to his people.
Central Australian based mental health academic Professor Tim Carey says that people who are self-determining don’t always make the choices others think they should …but society must be able to accommodate this.
Head of Research and Deputy Director at the Centre for Remote Health Professor Carey recently returned from the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives…a forum which discussed new therapies and greater recognition and acceptance of other cultures.
A Melbourne based Human Rights lawyer says Australia has a poor track record in complying with home based human rights complaints …despite being a signatory to major Internatonal Human Rights Agreements.
Hugh De Kretser from the Melbourne based Human rights Law Centre told CAAMA RADIO that in broad terms Australia is a party to all of the major human rights treaties that create binding international law obligations which must be complied with.
Hugh de Kretser
Professor John Altman from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University is a veteran researcher into job creation programs for Aboriginal and Islanders living on country.
Prof. Altman joins Paul Wiles on “Strong Voices” to share shares his thoughts on the Forrest Report into training and employment .
Prof John Altman responds to Forrest Report
The Federal Education Minister Chris Pyne has clarified his position about the teaching of Aborignal culture and history in the National School Curriculum .
Responding to concerns about comments he allegedly made in regard to the inclusion of Aboriginal culture and history, Mr Pyne told CAAMA listeners that it is an intrinsic part of the Australian story.
Chris Pyne live on caama
A world recognised authority in remote health service delivery says mainstream providers have real trouble in understanding the sheer volume of stress, worries and complexities that Aboriginal people face daily…… just trying to survive !
Professor Alex Brown… Theme Leader for Indigenous Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute spent more than 10 years working in Central Australia.
Professor Brown says many Aboriginal people in remote communities find it difficult to engage with mainstream health services.
The forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families will continuue as long as politicians continue to promote the practice as a solution to “the Aboriginal problem”.
Paddy Gibson.. a researcher with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning has been looking into appalling rates of Aborignal and Islander child removals and says many of the decisions to remove children are” very discriminatory.”.
Mr Gibson has drawn attention to comments by the Northern Territory Minister for Child Protection, John Elferink who told the Territory Parliament he was not afraid of rhetoric about creating a new” Stolen Generation”‘