Tag Archives: Strong Voices

Peak body says a range of issues impact mental health……

Mental Health Australia has today welcomed the Australian Government’s Response to the Review of Mental Health Programs and Services.

Frank Quinlan CEO of the peak  body representing mental health services   says  “It will take considerable effort to achieve successful mental health reform, the time for review has now finished and implementation can begin.”

Frank Quinlan talks with Paul Wiles.

Michael Kirby …..everything is surprising in my life !

Michael Kirby  photo Marcus Mok

One of Australia’s most respected legal minds has rejected suggestions that British Law has been a major contributing factor to impact on the plight of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since the time of colonization.

Retired High Court Judge Michael Kirby ….Australia’s longest serving judge says while British Common Law is the foundation of Australian law , for a very long time most  Australian  laws have been made in Australia.

Mr Kirby who is currently in North Korea examining human rights abuses says no country  is now outside of the scrutiny of the world community ..and the United Nations will this week be looking closely at Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people and refugees

Michael Kirby

Ara shares her thoughts… and some love !

Ara Cresswell ACA

Ara Cresswell was appointed as the CEO of Carers Australia in September 2011 and has a lengthy history as an executive in the not-for-profit sector, both at the local and national levels. Before joining Carers Australia Ms Cresswell held senior positions at Reconciliation Australia, the ACT Council of Social Service and the Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations (now Homelessness Australia).

Ms Cresswell says that in our lifetimes each of us is likely to either be or need a carer, so taking care of carers is really about taking care of our families, our friends and ourselves.

Ara Creswell Carers Australia

Sydney Indian community leader puts racist taxi drivers on notice !

Dr Yadu Singh
photo courtesy SBS

A prominent member of Sydney’s Indian community says he is prepared to publicly shame taxi drivers who demonstrate racist behaviour to Australia’s first Nations Peoples.

Dr Yadu Singh a Sydney based cardiologist who has lived in Australia since 1991 is an active social media political commentator within the Indian community.

DR Singh told CAAMA  radio recognition of Australia’s First Nations Peoples is important.. and the actions of some of those from within his community and their treatment of AborigInal people should not be tolerated.

Dr Yadu Singh

NSW mob are proud of their Aboriginal ancestry……

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James W.W. Rose …Senior Anthropologist at NTSCorp

New South Wales peak Native Title Service says growing numbers are  connecting and identifying with their Aboriginal heritage because they now  feel safe from the fear of racism.

James W.W. Rose …Senior Anthropologist at NTSCorp says Aboriginal people in the state have always  maintained their connection to country… despite the impacts of colonization and the Stolen Generations ..

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The Gap is Bigger Not Smaller

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The disturbing statistics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders disadvantage maybe actually worse than is being reported according to a veteran Western Australian based researcher and Academic Gerry Georgatos joins us to tell us more.

Mr Georgatos says greater consideration of Indigenous disadvantage is needed as growing numbers from across the country are now identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Gerry Georgatos

Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration: 2015

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Many people around the country would know of Dr Charles Perkins and his continuing legacy to Human Rights and Social Justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Across the country.

The Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration was first launched in 2001 in Honour of Mr Perkins and has some of the countries leading spokespeople of Indigenous and non-Indigenous equality such as Marion Scrymgour,Tom Calma Marcia Langton and Noel Pearson.

Keeping with the tradition this years speaker is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and he gives some insight into what he talked about.

Mick Gooda

Government should be asking “How do blackfella’ s do things ? “

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The chair of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council says Government and bureaucrats would achieve better business outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres strait Islanders if it had a better understanding of how they work within their own cultural boundaries .

Warren Mundine who was re appointed to the position following the change in leadership says there will be some changes as to how the council operates under Mr Turnbull

Speaking on CAAMA Radio Mr Mundine acknowledged that there are still massive cultural and language gaps which are making it difficult for Aboriginal people to move into a western style business economy.

listen to the full interview here….

APY senior lawmen and women share some thoughts……………

Aboriginal people are now understanding the meaning of the word sovereignty and how continuity of  Tjukurpa…their own law …gives them the right to make decisions about what happens on their country..

Ghillar Michael Anderson … convener of the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples…. recently traveled to the APY  Lands in South Australia to hold discussions with senior law men and women about the significance of Tjukurpa and how it demonstrates  Anangu’s capacity to manage and control their country.

Michael Anderson Sovereignty

The violence has mutated – we’re now seeing something different…… Prof. Judy Atkinson.

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I was running a workshop in the Kimberleys, and in the circle a woman began to speak from a place of deep pain and despair. She described herself as bad, dirty, ugly, words she had taken into herself from childhood experiences of abuse. I lent forward and sang her a song. ‘How could anyone ever tell you, you are anything less than beautiful?’ While sitting with her, as the words settled into her soul, another woman said to the circle: you are re-creating song lines – from Trauma Trails, The Transgenerational Effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia Judy Atkinson

Judy Atkinson is of Jiman and Bundjalung descent as well as having Celtic-German heritage. She has worked within areas of Aboriginal community health and welfare for many years.

We’re not here to represent the views of Government ! pt 2

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Central Land Council  Director  David Ross  says over the last few years there has been a significant escalation by Government to chip away at the CLC’s core values in representing its people.

Speaking about the CLC’s 40th years of operations Mr Ross says that during this time there has been  few highs and many many lows in terms of what happens in the lives of Aboriginal people on a day to day basis.

David Ross pt 2

We’re not here to represent the views of Governments !

CLC Director David Ross caamapwphoto

Central Land Council  Director  David Ross  says over the last few years there has been a significant escalation by Government to chip away at the CLC’s core values in representing its people.

Speaking about the CLC’s 40th years of operations Mr Ross says that during this time there has been  few highs and many many lows in terms of what happens in the lives of Aboriginal people on a day to day basis.

David Ross pt 1