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Kennedy Hill, adjacent to multi million dollar resorts - ABC Report 2010 (Excerpt)

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2016/07/09 - 8:24pm
An excerpt from ABC 2010 report when people were moving into the Kennedy Hill area after being hunted off country by the WA government and mining companies.

Many current Aboriginal policies 'absurd', says leading academic

Sovereign Audio Collection - Thu, 2016/07/07 - 12:06pm
TRANSCRIPT MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: A number of leading Australian academics are expressing deep concern about the viability of many government Aboriginal community programmes. At a book launch in Sydney's inner west, researchers vented their frustrations at policy makers using words like "shameful" and "absurd" to describe many projects currently being implemented in outback communities. Our reporter, David Taylor, was there for AM. DAVID TAYLOR: Mark Moran has being looking at Indigenous policies over the past 20 years and whether or not they're working. He's just written a book highlighting how governments have fallen well short of what's needed to support Indigenous communities. MARK MORAN: You just arrive, you make it up and you leave after six months. And we wonder why we're not getting these long-term developmental gains. DAVID TAYLOR: He says, over a given fortnight, an Aboriginal youth could be swamped by as many as 10 so-called community reengagement programs. MARK MORAN: You end up with these quite ridiculous situations, where you'll have 50 disengaged youth and 10 programs that are specifically working to re-engage them. So in any one fortnight, an individual can have six, seven different programs hitting them at the same time. And the net effect of all these programs pushing and pulling people in different directions: it really is becoming absurd. DAVID TAYLOR: Mr Moran has support. Eva Cox is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and specialises in Indigenous affairs. EVA COX: I mean, we've just stuffed up. I think basically we've stuffed up at least over the last 20-odd years and I think it's time we actually went back and fixed it. DAVID TAYLOR: She argues many Aboriginal policies haven't improved since the late 1990s. EVA COX: Because I think we've grossly neglected anything to do with Indigenous policy in this last election. It's just disappeared. We've had bipartisan negligence from both the major parties. And it's something which I think is shameful and we need to do something about it. DAVID TAYLOR: Leanne Townsend is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy. She grew up in the northern New South Wales community of Uralla and identifies as Anaiwan. She says policy needs to be led by community elders to be effective. LEANNE TOWNSEND: And the removal of politics to realise the genuine change driven by Aboriginal people themselves. DAVID TAYLOR: In a written statement, a spokesperson for the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, said that the Coalition Government's focus in Indigenous Affairs has been on getting children to school and adults to work and making communities safer. The statement went on to say that the Coalition's policies have seen progress made in these areas, but the Minister recognises a lot more work needs to be done. DAVID TAYLOR: Leanne Townsend again: LEANNE TOWNSEND: We have this approach and reference tonight, taken largely from the corporate sector of KPIs and measurements. And I agree that's absolutely what's required in performance. But who holds government to account equally with their failures? And we understand that as the mob who are experiencing those failures, but what is the broader Australia doing about that accountability? MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Leanne Townsend from the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, ending David Taylor's report.

Bruce Pascoe on pre-colonial Aboriginal agriculture

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2016/07/06 - 8:13am
Bruce is a prolific writer and editor of fiction for adults and young people; and he also writes essays and history. His book Dark Emu presents a radically different picture of Australia's original inhabitants, and how they maintained their culture over millennia. From the journals and records of early explorers and surveyors, Bruce has accumulated astonishing descriptions of a pre-colonial Aboriginal life. Mitchell, Sturt and others describe scenes all around the country of Aboriginal people engineering sophisticated dwellings and irrigation systems. They also describe the cultivation of vast areas of land for yam fields; and the harvesting, storage and milling of grain crops. Bruce is of Tasmanian, Bunurong and Yuin heritage and he lives on country, deep in the Victorian bush. - - - - - - - - - We extracted flour from kangaroo grass seed two weeks ago and have been able to make a wonderful bread with a 60/40 blend of white flour/kangaroo grass flour and it was delicious. Further information Dark Emu: Black Seeds - Agriculture or Accident? is published by Magabala Books Dark Emu won Book of the Year, and the Indigenous Writing Prize jointly with Ellen van Neerven, at the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Buce's latest novel for Young Adults is Seahorse Sources referred to in Bruce's conversation include: The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage (2011) and Australia and the origins of agriculture by Gerritson (2008) Original broadcast February 2016 Source ABC Local Conversations with Richard Fidler http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2016/07/05/4494632.htm

Prof Irene Watson a Tanganekald and Meintangk woman with Amy McQuire

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2016/07/02 - 1:12pm
Irene Watson an Tanganekald and Meintangk woman from the Coorong region of the south east of South Australia, and one of the first Aboriginal people to graduate with a law degree. She has a long history in examining the legacy of colonialism, and the enduring doctrine of terra nullius in this country. She joined Amy McQuire to discuss many issues but in this excerpt why we have to start revitalising our connection to country, because there is no future in the Western idea of 'progress'. The complete discussion can be found on 98.9 FM 'Lets Talk'. www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/prof-irene-watson

Descendant of first contact says Australia was invaded 'by gunfire'

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2016/06/25 - 7:59am
Rodney Kelly is the sixth generation descendant of the Gweagal aboriginal warrior, Cooman, who was shot by Captain Cook's landing party at Botany Bay in April 1770. Kelly says Australia was invaded 'by gunfire'. He says the shield belonging to Cooman still has white ochre on it from that day, and a musket hole from when his ancestor was fired upon. The shield has been preserved in the British Museum for more than 240 years. Now, Rodney Kelly is crowdfunding so he can travel to the UK to meet with the British Museum and continue his campaign for the shield's return to Australia. 'We feel [the shield] takes us back to a time before the British come here, it connects us back a long time ago. It's just significant, we have lost a lot of history, we've lost a lot of things,' says Kelly. 'For this shield to be connected to us is very significant and makes us very proud. We we just want it to come back home to Australia.' ABC Radio - RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly

Bilby protection festival a success say Aboriginal Rangers

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2016/06/24 - 10:15am
Rangers hosting this week's bilby festival in Australia's most remote community are pleased with the amount of knowledge that's been shared on protecting the native animal. Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. 00:00 00:00 AUDIO: Kiwirrkurra ranger Patrick Green says this week's bilby festival has been a success and he's pleased with the amount of knowledge that's been shared on protecting the native animal. (ABC Rural) The event in Kiwirrkurra, Pintupi country, 850 kilometres west of Alice Springs has attracted people from all over Australia's central deserts. Kiwirrkurra ranger Patrick Green has been hosting the event and said it was important to share knowledge about Bilby protection because the native animal was endangered and vulnerable.

Aboriginal Marathon runner will take 21 prisoners on a fun run - outside prison

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2016/06/24 - 7:02am
A new program at West Kimberley Regional Prison near Derby is using this philosophy to try to help the prisoners. Indigenous marathon runner, Adrian Dodson-Shaw talks to ABC Kimberley radio's Fiona Poole about how he will lead a 5km fun run with 21 prisoners. ABC WA

Descendant of first contact says Australia was invaded 'by gunfire'

Sovereign Audio Collection - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 11:37pm
Rodney Kelly is the sixth generation descendant of the Gweagal aboriginal warrior, Cooman, who was shot by Captain Cook's landing party at Botany Bay in April 1770. Kelly says Australia was invaded 'by gunfire'. He says the shield belonging to Cooman still has white ochre on it from that day, and a musket hole from when his ancestor was fired upon. The shield has been preserved in the British Museum for more than 240 years. Now, Rodney Kelly is crowdfunding so he can travel to the UK to meet with the British Museum and continue his campaign for the shield's return to Australia. 'We feel [the shield] takes us back to a time before the British come here, it connects us back a long time ago. It's just significant, we have lost a lot of history, we've lost a lot of things,' says Kelly. 'For this shield to be connected to us is very significant and makes us very proud. We we just want it to come back home to Australia.' ABC Radio - RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly

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Sovereign Audio Collection - Thu, 2016/06/23 - 9:14am
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Aboriginal Rangers and scientists meet to protect the endagered Bilby

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2016/06/22 - 11:10pm
Bilbies are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the greater bilby survives but remains endangered.

What is prison for? - The purpose of Prisons

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2016/06/20 - 7:19am
John Cleary ABC RN with Prof Eileen Baldry, Dr Mindy Sotiri, Fr Joe Caddy and Ben Quilty Recorded on Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Two State dispute on WA people in Darwin's 'Long Grass'

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sun, 2016/06/19 - 12:11am
A dispute has broken out between the West Australian and Northern Territory Governments over the movement of Aboriginal people across northern Australia. The Territory's Chief Minister, Adam Giles, has written to WA calling on it to take back homeless Indigenous people living on the outskirts of Darwin. Across the border, his comments have not been welcomed. ABC Radio 'PM' Repoprt

Anawain New England Elder questions comments by Barnaby Joyce

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2016/06/10 - 4:03am
Steve Widders, an Anawain Elder has questioned comments by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce that Aboriginal people and their issues have always been a part of his life. Speaking on CAAMA Radio during a quick visit to Central Australia the Deputy Prime Minister told listeners he is not oblivious to Aboriginal issues. Steve Widders has a different opinion ... adding that Aboriginal issues appear to be getting little coverage in the lead up to the Federal election. Interview with Pixie Jenkins from Caama Radio

Fitzroy Crossings Victor Hunter responds to the 4 Corners report into waste in communities

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2016/06/08 - 9:32pm
Victor Hunter is the Director of the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Housing and he works in the Fitzroy Valley. Victor Hunter spoke with Vanessa Mills after the 4 Corners report into the millions being wasted in remote communities. He says that there needs to be proper checks into those who work with Aboriginal people. From ABC 4 Corners (Ripped Off)

John Pilger: Silencing of America as it prepares for war

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2016/06/07 - 9:16pm
Today on Flashpoints: Internationally renown documentary Filmmaker, John Pilger, on the silencing of America as it prepares for war. And Bernie Sanders supporters waiting to hear him speak out side the Allan Baptist Church in East Oakland, talk about why they much prefer him to Trump and Clinton From Flashpoint News Magazine

Aboriginal Songlines multimedia art : Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point

Sovereign Audio Collection - Thu, 2016/05/26 - 10:37pm
An excerpt from ABC RN 'Books and Arts' It's called Songlines, and it’s part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Songlines draws on Indigenous creation stories from across Australia and it features the work of six Indigenous artists. Michael speaks to one of those artists, Djon Mundine OAM.

Aboriginal peoples challenges: Ghillar, Michael Anderson

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2016/05/24 - 10:35am
Aboriginal people say they they are shocked and alarmed that Australia is seeking to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018. In a detailed letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations Michael Anderson Convenor of the Sovereign Union of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples told .. Ban Ki Moon ... they object in the strongest terms to Australia being considered for such a high and important role in world affairs. Mr Anderson says the world can learn a lesson from Australia which has mastered the art of deceit....with the laws and initiatives it floats in the international community as extremely deceitful, .bordering on lies. Speaking on CAAMA Radio Mr Anderson says the Australian Government is trying to push constitutional recognition on his people by spending millions of dollars to soften up the population... but what the Government has failed to recognise is that the community itself is asking what Aboriginal people want - not the Government.

Exploding hunter-gatherer myth will go to movies

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2016/05/21 - 8:44am
At the heart of Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu is a bold assertion which explodes a foundational myth of white Australia: that Aboriginal people were nomadic hunter-gatherers. Dark Emu was recently named Book of the Year and joint winner of the biennial Indigenous Writing Prize at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Bruce Pascoe convincingly argues the hunter-gatherer myth was a convenient lie that enabled dispossession - at least in the colonial mind. His evidence though is drawn from records that even the most conservative historian wouldn't argue with: the journals and diaries of explorers such as Sir Thomas Mitchell and Charles Sturt. Some publishers found the premise of the book - that Aboriginal people had an agricultural economy - too challenging and some even questioned whether the terms Aboriginal and agriculture could be used in the same sentence. Now in it's sixth print run, Dark Emu has been such a popular success that it may even be adapted for the screen. Bruce tells the AWAYE program on ABC RN that he is currently working on the screen writing of a film relating to Dark Emu/

The critical Housing issues at Parnpajnya

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2016/05/11 - 11:54pm
The critical Housing issues for the forgotten Martu people at their Parnpajnya community in Western Australia. ABC Radio WA report

Scullion gets one thing right

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2016/05/10 - 11:05pm
National Congress does not speak for First Nations people and their members mainly consist of people spruiked at Aboriginal Events by paid staff during their times of government funding. They have spent years promoting 'Recognition' and now they are themselves asking the government questions about the processes but haven't came out and clearly stated where they stand,. CAAMA Radio Interview with Kyle Dowling

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