Tag Archives: Strong Voices

Not everyone is on the same page with Constitutional recognition…..Professor Pat Dodson.

Prof. Pat Dodson photo courtesy UNSW

The man called “the father of reconciliation” says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders need to be given the courtesy of respect if they are to give their consent for  important matters of national significance to go ahead.

Speaking on CAAMA radio following a meeting  in Broome which looked at  the future development  of Aboriginal owned land, Yawuru Elder Professor Pat  Dodson warned of the  potential dangers his people face unless they are  adequately protected.

Pat dodson on CR pw

Time to empower indigenous communities – S.A. Chief Justice


Aboriginal imprisonment rates in South Australia are being criticized by the states Chief Justice who says it is no longer an option to do nothing about an issue which has become ” a matter of shame”.

Chris Kourakis says a recent report on Aboriginal youth incarceration in the state showed things were getting worse and that the issue has not been looked at carefully enough.
The Chief Justice  told CAAMA radio he thinks now is the time for the JUdiciary to empower Aboriginal communities to take a much more active role in the process…

Aboriginal people in /south Australia represent one in five of those sentenced and make up 26 percent of those on remand.

Chris Kourakis SA Chief Justice

Just who will be running Stolen Generation services ……

The peak body representing Central Australia’s Stolen Generations and families is concerned and anxious who will take over the delivery of its services…after it failed in its bid to win ongoing funding.

Jackie Baxter… Manager of the The Central Australian Stolen Generations & Families Aboriginal says its board is worried about who will be providing ongoing services to its clients and if it will be able to engage with the local community.

Ms Baxter says although the office closed to the public three weeks ago… staff continue to work on a voluntary basis as she continues to push for information about who will be taking over.

stolen gen Jackie Baxter

Maurie Ryan (2)

Maurie Japarta Ryan the Deputy Co-Chair of the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal corporation has also expressed concerns about who will take over delivery of the service.

Mr Ryan told CAAMA Government should appoint another Aboriginal organisation to provide the service…before looking at non indigenous service providers from outside of the Territory.

Maurie Japarta Ryan

Launch of boarding school blueprint ………….

photo’s courtesy The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) is a private sector-led, non-profit organisation focused on empowering Indigenous children in financial need to build a brighter future for themselves and for the nation.

AIEF provides scholarships which enable Aboriginal and Islander students to attend some of Australia’s leading schools and universities, as well as mentoring and career support to ensure students make a successful transition from school to further studies or employment, productive careers and fulfilling lives.


Rennee Coffey

KAVA ban is creating an economic and social catastrophe in Top End communities.

An online  academic and author who writes on a diverse range of public policy, political and other issues believes a ban on Kava in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory has created an economic and social catastrophe.

Peter Botsam who does regular and ongoing  voluntary work across the Top End says while Kava was once legally distributed… the  ban has  created an escalation of  an illegal and out of control market.

Looking after Land and Sea

Photo Courtesy of www.nerpnorthern.edu.au

Photo Courtesy of www.nerpnorthern.edu.au

The Northern Territory government is engaged in a new push to get more Aboriginal people involved in marine based ranger groups and strengthen their capacity and ability to better look after country.

A new nationally accredited Fisheries compliance course is a major part of the push.

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra Van Holthe joins us on the program today to tell us more.

Minister Willem Westra Van Holthe

Tribute to Ray Jackson, social justice advocate

The Aboriginal community lost a dear friend on April 23, president of the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA), Ray Jackson. The Stalwart Koori man spent 30 years fighting Aboriginal deaths in custody, and was internationally recognised for his work after the ISJA received a prestigious human rights award from the French government in 2013.

Here are some inspiring excerpts from his interviews on CAAMA Radio with Paul Wiles.

Gunner says Territory Labor wasn’t listening !

Michael Gunner caamapwphoto


The new leader of the Northern Territory Labor party says he wants to make himself available to as many Territorian’s as possible, but where possible, “be out-of-the-way” so that they can get on with things.

Michael Gunner, Top End member for Fannie Bay says  his elevation to the leadership is a new step into the future for the party and that he looks forward to travelling out to Aboriginal communities.

Mr. Gunner admitted Labor wasn’t listening properly to what people were saying  in  its final years of Government… and now needs to work towards winning  back its support in the Bush.

Michael Gunner with PW

Where is the balance …..the conversation we need to have !

Helen Vatsikopolous

HELEN VATSIKOPOULOS is a Walkley Award winning journalist who has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and its international service, the Australia Network and for the Special Broadcasting Service.

In career spanning 27 years she has worked on programs such as the 7.30 report, Dateline, Lateline, Face the Press, Asia Pacific Focus and Foreign Correspondent.

She has also won two Australia –UN Media Prizes. She has also made two documentaries and hosted many discussion programs.

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AFL NT throws full support behind “Lightning Carnival “

Tony Frawley AFL NT  caama photo

Major stakeholders involved in the annual AFL “Lightning Carnival” in Alice Springs are working together to ensure there is no repeat of the anti social behavior which followed this years event.
Tony Frawley CEO of AFL N.T. joins Paul Wiles on “Strong Voices” to discuss their ongoing support  of the tournament.

Tony Frawley AFL NT

Cross- cultural approach is important -mental health expert !

Prof. Tim Carey

A Central Australian based mental health academic has added his own thoughts about the Northern Territory governments “tough love” approach to youth anti social behavior in Alice Springs.

While many  have applauded the Territory Governments hard line approach to deal with young offenders, .Professor Tim Carey, Director of the Centre for Remote Health says he too isn’t interested in a “namby pamby” approach to  dealing  with the problem.
Professor Carey who has been  working in Central Australia for five years after returning from o’seas says studies suggest it is possible to establish common principles that are important cross culturally. and create  solutions  which will work.

Prof Tim Carey onNT Gov response to anti social behaviour

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress helps to fight ICE addiction in Alice Springs.


There is growing concern from people in communities about the use of the drug ice in Central Australia. Recent times has seen the Prime Minister launch a Task-force to help combat the epidemic within Australia.

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress is now in the process of working with the community to help fight the issue front on and to have a clear understanding of the drug, the after affects it causes its users and family members who see the changes.

Speaking on CAAMA Radio Central Australian Aboriginal Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee has a chat with Lorena Walker on Strong Voices.