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BROTHERS at the 2015 Alice Springs Show

It’s that time again and the BROTHERS are at the Alice show, as always a jam packed show with a number of guests dropping by to have a chat with us in the CAAMA truck.

Today’s show was a bit different to what we usually do with Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion dropped by to talk about what he has been doing.

We also had our very own Patrick Ah Kit roaming the greatorex pavilion talking to some of the stall holders to get some idea on what is going on.

Finally but certainly not least a BROTHER we have had on the show before Jimmy Cocking giving us an insight into the ongoing efforts to keep the Northern Territory Frack free.

Minister says culture cannot be ignored….even in job program !

NIgel Scullion caama pwphoto

The Federal MInister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders says it is impossible to ignore cultural issues and how they  impact on  delivery of the new Community Development Program in remote Aboriginal communities.

Under the new CDP… Aboriginal people will be expected to work a maximum  25 hours per week to receive welfare payments, with six weeks of holidays over summer and 10 days of cultural leave.

Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion says cultural leave for funerals is an important element that Government has now taken into consideration.

Nigel Scullion onCDP and IAS funding

$1.3 Billion dollar WA land use agreement – ‘self determination in action’

Braden Hill Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre

A Western Australian based  Aboriginal academic has questioned the viability of native title in urban based areas.

Braden Hill manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre at the Murdoch University says there are a number of misconceptions surrounding native title especially in urban based areas which makes self determination difficult to achieve.

Mr Hill says while land use agreement deals offers traditional owners the opportunity to develop and establish programs for the betterment of their people it can sometimes  be difficult to actually implement programs which are acceptable to urban based non Aboriginal communities.

Keeping Language Alive…Canberra mob show how it’s done


The Ngunawal people of Canberra have taken a big step towards reclaiming and revitalizing their own language with a number of preschools in Canberra teaching the local language.

Ngunawal elder and custodian Glen Freeman tells us more About the program.

Glen Freeman

Aboriginal Eye health a ‘national priority’ says Dr Mark Loane

A leading Aboriginal and Islander health service which has been delivering   a frontline eye health program for more than four years is calling on the Federal Government to renew its funding.

IRIS, The Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service has performed over two thousand eye procedures and distributed two million dollars’ worth of equipment to remote communities  across Australia.

Dr. Mark Loane chairman of the Rural indigenous Eye Health program has expressed  the importance of maintaining  good eye health  and  says a collective response at a national level is the key to solving eye health issues in communities.

Dr. Loane  says everyone involved in the IRIS  program is  hoping to continue their work which is a joint initiative of the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists and  Government.


N.T. Chief Minister keen to see improvements for the mob !

Adam Giles caama photo

The first Australian head of government with indigenous heritage has re affirmed his commitment to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and says he will continue working towards a “One Territory”   which offers equal economic and life opportunities.

Speaking on the 37th anniversary of the Northern Territory attaining self government….Chief Minister Adam Giles says Aboriginal people will be a big part ….both front and centre …of what happens into the Territory’s future.

Adam Giles Territory Day int

Juru land struggle comes to an end ……

Juru Native Title Working Group

The Juru people of north Queensland have been awarded native title rights over more of their land between Bowen and Ayr.

Last year the group was awarded native title over one hundred and seventy six thousand square hectares of land but the latest recognition settles their original 2010 claim.

Angelina Arkee Chair of the Kyburra Munda Yalga Prescribed Body corporate  says the win will provide some certainty for their future generations.


Its time to fix the unspoken silence in the constitution……..

Ken Wyatt

The co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders says that he is personally unconcerned at attempts to derail the process.
West Australian Liberal MP Ken Wyatt the first Aboriginal elected to the  House of Representatives told Parliament that for the last 114 years Australia’s  founding document has been silent on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s.. and there is a large unspoken silence in the constitution on Aboriginal people.

Mr Newman says …it is now time to fix that silence…

Ken Wyatt on constitutional recognition

Aboriginal Surgeon discusses health in communities

Image 2-Photographer Shayne Teece Johnson

A leading Aboriginal ear health surgeon has called for a bureaucratic review of the service delivery of health programs in remote Aboriginal communities.

Dr Kelvin Kong an ambassador for the Care for Kids’ Ears campaign says that to address the ongoing issues of ear health in communities it is the communities themselves that need to be empowered. He told CAAMA Radio that if this is to be achieved a major bureaucratic shift is needed.

The Care for Kids’ Ears campaign is a part of the Government’s commitment to improving eye and ear health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs in remote Aboriginal communities.

Dr Kelvin Kong Care for Kids Ears campaign


Women’s Business 26-06-15


It was another jammed pack show with our guests Dawn Ross, Shiree Mack, Darissa and stephanie Rawson from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education to talk about the Certificate II in Family Wellbeing.

CAAMA Radio broadcast A promotional event the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse, and the Ochre Ribbon Campaign for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Donna Campbell has a chat with Knowmore lawyer Mary Keaney about the Knowmore Legal Service.

Casey Donovan joins the ladies to talk about her career in the Australian music industry and how she overcome her struggles after leaving Australian Idol.

BROTHERS 26-06-15

red nose brothers

This weeks Brothers show covered an important topic, as Friday the 26th marks a significant day where Australians nation wide come together in solidarity for Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids which provides safe sleeping education to families and bereavement support to those affected by the death of a baby or child.

During the program we had the opportunity to speak with the Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Indigenous policy and regional development Ken Vowles. Who has been actively involved with SIDS and Kids.

We greeted an old friend of CAAMA’s as the Mayor of Alice Springs Damien Ryan joined us on the Brothers Show. Mr Ryan discussed the need for community involvement expressing the importance of Red Nose Day.

And finally we were lucky enough to have Ducan Griffithf an advocate for SIDS and Kids to share his story. Mr Griffithf was directly affected by SIDS three years ago, and he provides a powerful story and message to families.

If you have any topics or issues you would like to discuss on Brothers then send an email to brothers@caama.com.au or if you around Alice Springs come in and see us 101 Todd Street.


A Safer Future for Children and Families

A Promotional event for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responseto Child Sexual Abuse, and the Ochre Ribbon Campaign for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.

Hosted by the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit (CAAFLU) in association with the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS).

The event took place at the Araluen Arts Centre with welcome to country from Rosalie Kumalie Riley, Introductory speeches from Phynea Clake CEO and Eunice Blackmore Chairperon (CAAFLU). Guest Speaker Mary Keaney from Knowmore Legal Service and Sue Roman from Stolen Generations (Darwin).

There was a performance from Kirra Voller and Cassi Williams (Desert Divas) and Casey Donovan and Band.