Tributes are flowing for the Territory larrikin who spent a lifetime working for his people both “on country ” and as boss of the Central Land Council, protecting their hard-fought gains.
Tracker Tilmouth….the boy from The Gap in Alice Springs grew up on Croker Island as a member of the Stolen Generations before returning to Central Australia where he first started work in the building sector.
Best remembered as a cheeky adversary never too shy to voice his opinions…lifetime friend and current Director of the Central Land Council David Ross says Mr Tilmouth was a driven man who worked to ensure that his people received a better deal.
Warren Mundine – the man who heads up Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s National Indigenous Advisory Council is not happy with the latest Closing the Gap results… and says his people are now starting to bypass Government in their efforts to make a difference.
Speaking on “Strong Voices” Mr Mundine tells Paul Wiles Government appears to be playing political games….just giving money to make his people go away !
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The Federal Minister responsible for Aboriginal and Islander Australians has called on critics to name one organization that has taken a funding cut from within his Department.
Speaking on CAAMA Radio Senator Scullion admitted that addressing Aboriginal disadvantage is not an easy task to sell to Parliament …but one that he is prepared to take on.
Tasmanian veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner Michael Mansell explains sovereignty .
The first Aboriginal man to lead a Government within Australia shares his vision for the Northern Territory… you might be surprised!
Northern Territory Chief Minister, Adam Giles, talks with Paul Wiles on Strong Voices.
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Respected academic Dr Chris Sarra says the Australian Government could stand accused of lacking humanity if it continues with plans to withdraw services from remote communities….forcing Aboriginal people s into regional centres.
The QLD based educator says as a nation we can all afford to be more sophisticated and courageous in terms of the ongoing relationship between Government and the first Nations Peoples.
‘Dr Sarra ,founder of the QLD based Stronger Smarter Institute, has been recognised internationally for his teaching methods which have instilled pride and self belief in Aboriginal children.
Speaking on CAAMA Radio Dr Sarra is also keen to see his people move away from the idea that they are victims … constantly being wronged by the wider community.
The co author of a disturbing new research paper which examines the use of neck chains and other restraints on Aboriginal people up until as late as the 1960’s … says it is important for the wider community to understand Australia’s shocking and sordid past.
University of Adelaide researcher Dr Elizabeth Grant says incarceration was used in the 19th century as a tool to dispossess Aboriginal people of their land with police being paid an amount to bring in men women and children…often in chains.
Dr Elizabeth Grant …chains
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.
A leading Australian researcher in Aboriginal youth self harm and suicide says Government may need to re asses and make changes to some funded programs in remote communities to ensure that they are achieving the best possible results.
Aboriginal people are six times more likely to commit suicide than other Australians and the West Australian Kimberley region now has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
Adele Cox… is a researcher with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Project which is trying to identify the most effective ways to help bring down the extraordinarily high suicide rates .
Ms Cox… a Bunuba Gija woman from the Kimberley says the project is looking for more effective program delivery … rather than any top down approach which young people are often reluctant to engage with.