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NT Chief Minister talks up self determination !

Adam Giles 2 caama photo

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has flagged self determination as a key underlying policy principle in his push to increase economic opportunities for Aboriginal people across the Territory.

Mr Giles … the Territory Indigenous Affairs Minister …says economic development and decentralization is at the heart of his Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Strategy which is focused on building the capability and capacity of Aboriginal Territorians to take full advantage of business and economic opportunities.

The Chief Minister was also keen to talk up a 50 percent drop in the number of Aboriginal
people  returning to the prison system…

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.

BabaKiueria……………..little has changed in 30 years !


The creator of an iconic Australian mockumentary which portrays the relationship between Aboriginal people and Australians of European descent… has questioned what Governments have really achieved in the 30 years since he wrote the original plot.

First screened in 1986…BabaKiueria revolves around a role-reversal, which sees Aboriginal Australians living in a land inhabited by white natives who have been invaded and colonised,

The role reversal cleverly highlights the unfairness of Australia’s past and present Aboriginal policies and the entrenched racism in society.

Sydney based television writer Geoffrey Atherden, who also wrote the sitcoms Mother and Son and Grass Roots, has questioned why so little has changed for Aboriginal and Islander Australians in 30 years.

Geoffrey Atherden bbq area


$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.

Why are developers clipping the wings of The Butterfly Cave ?



Traditional owners living in Newcastle NSW have put out a call for action… following ongoing concerns about the threat to to a sacred Aboriginal women’s site  as  a housing development now threatens the site.

Awabakal woman Melinda Brown told CAAMA radio The Butterfly Cave at West Wallsend has been a safe haven for generations of women who use the site to hold ceremonies and to teach young women Aboriginal ways.

Melinda chats with Erin LIddle.

Does education really mean a job in the real world ?

Prof.  Bob Morgan


A veteran  NSW  Aboriginal academic says he believes  there are “a lot of myths” around the presumption that equipping his people with a good white fella education will provide them with a job in the real world.

Professor Bob Morgan, a Gomeroi man from the Western Plains of NSW speaks with authority on the subject, having worked in Education for nearly four decades.

Prof Morgan has called for funding to develop new models of positive learning which will provide education that best serves his people.

Professor Bob Morgan a different take on academia

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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Invasion Day march inspires a new generation

Lucy Doolan

Lucy Rose Doolan took part in her first Invasion Day rally in Melbourne on Australia Day says it is important to continue raising awareness of her peoples history and why the 26th of January is a heavy load for them to carry.

With peaceful protest marches held in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne new and younger generations were able to experience the importance of keeping their message in front of the wider community which still struggles to understand what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders find offensive.

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.