Tag Archives: Paul Wiles

CAAMA – the face and voice of Aboriginal Australia…..

Improving the genetic quality of Australia ….. Paddy Gibson responds to Gary Johns.


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.

Self harm researcher calls for funding changes to achieve best possible results in communities !

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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.

Costa the Gardener dances and connects with Aboriginal people….

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Landscape architect Costa Georgiadis takes a holistic approach to gardening,horticulture,  the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom and zest for life  while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community. He joins  Paul Wiles  to chat about about his respect of  Aboriginal culture  and his connection with Alice Springs.

costa the gardener

Aboriginal Government within Australia is not an impossibility – and closer than people think !

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The establishment  of  Aboriginal Government within Australia is much closer than people  realise.. according to Tasmanian veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner Michael Mansell.

Announcing elections for six positions on a new Executive of the Aboriginal Provisional Government … Mr Mansell says the APG, the  body that had self-determination at its core… was formed at a meeting in the Northern Territory in 1990.

Mr Mansell says the prospect of Aboriginal self-government within Australia is not impossible.

Michael Mansell election for APG

New Matilda tackles “the smoking gun of institutionalized racism “

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A Walkley Award winning investigative journalist says that in 2014 there was growing acceptance within Australia that racism in this country is a problem… and that it is no longer acceptable.

Chris Graham … owner/ editor of online news site New Matilda.says the story about Sydney University Professor Barry Spurr… who resigned from his job at Sydney University over a series of racist emails had been a good win in the fight against racism.

Describing Professor Spurr in an editorial as “the smoking gun of institutionalized racism’ Mr Graham says Professor Spurr’s involvement as an advisor to the national school curriculum review meant the last chapter of the story may not have been written.

Creating a New Direction in Health Outcomes

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A Central Australian Remote Health Lecturer is calling for a shift in the power base dynamic between Health Professionals and Aboriginal Clients which, she believes is continuing to impact on the delivery of Health Services.

Lecturer Kath Martin says that it is important to shift away from the practices of old by “Shifting that Professional Power Stigma.”  Ms. Martin says our health professionals need to listen more to Aboriginal clients about how they would like to receive health treatment.

The Centre for Remote Health provides a number of short courses and workshops for those new to the delivery of Remote Health. Some of the courses attempt to challenge and address issues that create barriers for people accessing Health Services in the Northern Territory.



CAAMA News 03-04-14

CAAMA News Team: Paul Wiles, Damien Williams, Lorena Walker, Justin Fenwick.

The war of words between NT Aboriginal MLA’s Bess Price and Allison Anderson has escalated with the member for Stuart calling on the Rebel MLA to quit the CLP and allow other members to get on with the business of governing.

In other news growing condemnation of the Abbott  Government’s proposal to repeal a section of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Conversation continues  over the repeal of Section 18c of the Discrimination Act with  a peak  National Aboriginal health  organisation calleing on the Government to rethink the changes.

CAAMA NEWS 27-02-14

CAAMA News team: Paul Wiles, Pam Reilly, Damien Williams.

The  global significance of  Aboriginal  rock art  at Western Australia’s   Burrup Peninsula would guarantee it world heritage  listing in  any other country …according  to  a veteran Australian anthropologist  with  over 40 years  experience.

Northern Territory farmers are being given a  helping hand with a new package on offer from the NT Government.


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Education in the Northern Territory – can we make it work for the mob !

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The man responsible for a review into the education of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory says he believes majority local languages should be taught  in schools  – if  the school is  able to provide a qualified teacher  to teach the language.

Bruce Wilson joins Paul Wiles on “Strong Voices” .

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Tom Calma – school has to be appropriate for Aboriginal kids.

Dr Tom Calma  caama photo A veteran Northern Territory Aboriginal rights campaigner who has  climbed the heights of mainstream academia while maintaining ” a fire in the belly ” for the rights of his people, has questioned the Abbott Governments primary  focus on school attendance as the best way of closing the disadvantage gap between  his people and mainstream society.

INCOMING Canberra University chancellor Dr  Tom Calma  talks to Paul Wiles about  some of the   issues which impact on the education of  Aborignal children in remote communities.

Dr Tom Calma


Marathon great shares his own personal growth.

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Iconic Australain  athlete…..  marathon great Robert  deCastella has shared his own personal growth  in  understanding   Aborignal and Islander cultures    as he begins another  year with  the  Indigenous Marathon project

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