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Get them off their homelands and into the mines

Thu, 2014/11/13 - 10:06am
The 3 Stooges: Marcia Langton, mining magnate Twiggy Forrest and the Coalition Parliamentary Secretary, Alan Tudge hatch a plan for the employment of First Nations people. A key player in the Abbott Government review into Aboriginal and Islander employment says both incentives (Mining Companies) and disincentives of the welfare system (First Nations people) are in their plans. Alan Tudge, who is in charge of the Indigenous employment review says the review panel is taking advice from Twiggy and it appears that Marcia will undertake the propaganda. In this interview with CAAMA, Tudge says despite all the efforts and goodwill of previous Governments… things need to change. The complete interview here: http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Adam-Tudge.mp3

First Nations health service contests claims of ice use in remote communities

Wed, 2014/11/12 - 7:57am
A First Nations health service in South Australia says claims of an ice crisis in remote Indigenous communities are overblown and could harm the fight against drugs. The APY Lands in the far north-west of South Australia, the Nganampa Health Service covers eight remote clinics and the director says if the drug ice was being widely used in the region, the clinics would probably know. - 12 November 2014 - ABC AM AUDIO TRANSCRIPT - CHRIS UHLMANN: An Indigenous health service in South Australia says claims of an ice crisis in remote Indigenous communities are overblown and could harm the fight against drugs. - University of Melbourne Professor Marcia Langton recently told The Australian newspaper she'd heard many reports of crystal methamphetamine use in remote Indigenous communities. - But she's been accused by a Northern Territory politician of generalising about all Indigenous remote communities to win support for a major welfare change. - Sara Everingham reports. - SARA EVERINGHAM: On the APY Lands in the far north-west of South Australia, the Nganampa Health Service covers eight remote clinics. The director John Singer says if the drug ice was being widely used in the region, the clinics would probably know. - JOHN SINGER: And as far as I know we've had no reports of ice use amongst Anangu in the APY lands. - SARA EVERINGHAM: Last month the Melbourne University academic Marcia Langton told The Weekend Australia newspaper, "We heard many reports of ice or methamphetamines in remote communities. Whereas it was once marijuana and Kava," she said, "now there is a youth epidemic of amphetamine use." - Her comments were based on consultations while working on the review of Indigenous affairs by mining magnate Andrew Forrest. He has backed Marcia Langton's statements about ice, saying she spent countless days reviewing the information and that her academic reputation is beyond reproach. - But John Singer fears her comments could make it harder to deal with the problems his clinics already know about, such as marijuana and alcohol abuse. He says they also won't help if ice takes hold. - JOHN SINGER: It does put people off, in terms of if you want to make a change, if you want to do things in remote areas, you need to take people with you on that journey as a collective. - And automatically now people are on the defensive in the communities because they see these sort of extreme headlines with no real basis or evidence. - The peak body for the Aboriginal-run medical services in the Northern Territory says there are serious concerns about ice in urban areas such as Alice Springs and Darwin, where a community meeting was held about a month ago to discuss it. - The chief executive John Paterson says he fears the drug could end up in remote Indigenous communities but has not heard about widespread use there for now. - JOHN PATERSON: It is a major concern to the Aboriginal community, particularly in Darwin. I don't know how widespread. I am not hearing too much from our remote communities at this point in time, but that's not to say that, you know, it might be finding its way out there. - SARA EVERINGHAM: Ted Wilkes is a Perth-based drug and alcohol researcher and the chairman of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. He says there's a lack of solid evidence about ice use in remote Indigenous communities. - TED WILKES: I say to many Australians, this is a thing where not one size fits all, where some communities are more vulnerable and others may well and truly be safe. - But if we were to create a hysteria or a knowledge that Aboriginal Australians throughout Australia are using drugs of this nature, it would certainly be an unknown. We don't know what the evidence is. We need to make sure we get the evidence before we start saying things like this. - CHRIS UHLMANN: Associate Professor Ted Wilkes ending Sara Everingham's report.

Audio: Pastor Geoffrey Stokes on homelessness and Mining

Thu, 2014/10/30 - 9:09am
Archives: National Indigenous Radio - "Now people are just going back into the corrugated irons that they came out of in the '50s and '60s. Concerning their policies, we're going backwards." Pastor Stokes from the Kalgoorlie region in Western Australia, is also calling for unity amongst Indigenous people to improve their standing in Australian society. He has lashed out at Australian governments for ignoring Aboriginal people and culture when formulating crucial policies in housing and land rights. Pastor Stokes says Indigenous Australians who are often portrayed as 'leaders' by the media have vested political and economic interests and don't represent the majority of their people. He says Indigenous people have been the victims of 'divide and conquer' policies by governments. "The biggest weapon we have is us and unity and if we haven't got unity amongst ourselves, well the Government can do whatever they want. "Our people were able to live for thousands of years in such harsh conditions because of family, their culture and their way of life and we can still do that today only if we live in peace with one another."

Book: Joseph Lycett's Art - Phillip Adams Interview with author

Thu, 2014/10/30 - 7:36am
Professor John Maynard's new book, 'True Light and Shade' is filled with beautiful images by convict artist Joseph Lycett that powerfully capture in intimate detail Aboriginal life, a rare record of Aboriginal people within the vicinity of Newcastle and how they adapted to European settlement before cultural destruction impacted on these groups.

Keischa Haynes-Jamieson reveals part of her life at the National day of Action, Canberra

Fri, 2014/10/24 - 11:39am
Keischa Haynes-Jamieson reveals part of her life at the National day of Action, Justice for Ms Dhu, Canberra - Introduced by Lara Pullin

Calls for sacking of curriculum reviewer ABC/AM Report

Thu, 2014/10/16 - 9:53pm
There are calls for the man who reviewed the national English curriculum to lose his University of Sydney job over emails he sent to colleagues that are considered racist and misogynistic. The university is investigating whether Professor Barry Spurr's emails are a breach of the school's code of conduct. The Opposition wants the Education Minister Christopher Pyne to explain whether the curriculum review is now irrevocably tainted.

2 of 2 - Ghillar Michael Anderson with Shane Mortimer on Radio 2XX

Thu, 2014/10/16 - 10:21am
Sovereignty Union Founder Ghillar Michael Anderson speaks about many things relating to First Nations Sovereignty, past plans, present and the future. - Source: Sovereign Voices Broadcaster Shane Mortimer on 2XX FM Canberra - 10 October 2014

1 of 2 - Ghillar Michael Anderson with Shane Mortimer on Radio 2XX

Thu, 2014/10/16 - 9:37am
Sovereignty Union Founder Ghillar Michael Anderson speaks about many things relating to First Nations Sovereignty, past plans, present and the future. - Source: Sovereign Voices Broadcaster Shane Mortimer on 2XX FM Canberra - 10 October 2014

Remembrance day at WA's Wadjemup (Rottnest Island)

Wed, 2014/10/15 - 7:43am
First Nations people from across Western Australia will travel to Rottnest Island, or Wadjemup, to remember their ancestors who were brought there in chains. - The island's former prison, 19 kilometres from the Perth coastline, incarcerated thousands of people from as far as the Kimberley, Pilbara, Western Desert and across Nyungah lands. - It's believed at least 370 and possibly up to 700 men and boys are buried in unmarked graves on the island, which is now a tourist destination. - Friday marks 175 years since the first prisoners were brought there and remembrance co-organiser Iva Hayward-Jackson says the event will become annual.

Genocide is Unavoidable: Gary Foley

Mon, 2014/10/13 - 10:17pm
Gary Foley 'in a past life' was a well known throughout Australia and beyond as an Aboriginal activist that didn't mince his words. Dr Gary Foley is now an academic, writer and actor. - In a lead up to his 2014 Melbourne University lecture, 'Tangled up in black' he speaks with Jonathan Green from ABC's Radio National.

Delegates at a bush meeting by the Yule River vote to reject the proposed changes to the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act.

Sun, 2014/10/05 - 9:40am
Delegates at a bush meeting by the Yule River Representatives from Pilbara Aboriginal communities vote to reject the proposed changes to the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act.

Government of Western Australia trying to a "stolen heritage generation"

Thu, 2014/10/02 - 9:27pm
'The Wire' interview with Simon Hawkins - CEO, Yamtji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation - September 2014 Western Australia paved the way for Australia in the issue of Aboriginal heritage. But now, it's making a huge backflip. The state passed the nation’s first laws to protect sites of Aboriginal Heritage. The Government of Western Australia has proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which will allow the potential destruction of heritage sites by developers. Aboriginal leaders and the local community have condemned the proposal. In fact, the Government has been accused of creating a “stolen heritage generation”. Produced by Ben Nielsen - www.thewire.org.au

Yidindji on Land, Seas, Sky and Sovereignty

Tue, 2014/09/30 - 9:17pm
Murrumu Walubara Yidindji in a frank, informative and inspiring conversation with Michelle Lovegrove - SBS Living Black Radio 30 September 2014

First Nations women account most imprisonment increase

Wed, 2014/08/27 - 11:06am
ABC - AM - Michael Brissenden Across Australia female imprisonment rates have doubled in the last decade and Indigenous women account for almost the entire increase. That's the shocking finding of new research conducted by criminologist Professor Eileen Baldry, who's labelled the situation appalling and scandalous. The first Indigenous magistrate in New South Wales, Pat O'Shane, says handing out repeat short sentences means prison rehabilitation programs are useless. Sarah Dingle reports.

19th century tintype portrait of young Aboriginal woman

Tue, 2014/08/26 - 7:34pm
John Paul Janke from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs with the story of a 19th century tintype photo of a young Aboriginal woman. Source: ABC TV 66 Canberra

Mick Gooda calls Abbott to bring CON-stitution rehash forward

Fri, 2014/08/22 - 4:48am
Mick's eyesight must have got worse if he hasn't seen the growing skepticism regarding the CON-stitution recognition farce by many First Nations people. - He fronted up for the the Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture at the University of Notre Dame, Broome with a lot of hoo har on the topic 'The Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution as an Act of Reconciliation.' - Mick called out to his mate Tony Abbott requesting the referendum to recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution is held by the end of 2015, imploring the Prime Minister to hold a vote before the next Federal election. - He says delays are no longer acceptable and the time has come to launch a 'proper debate' ... or is he getting itchy feet over the growing skepticism by First Nations people on this issue.

More shipping container cells for growing prison population

Fri, 2014/08/15 - 11:11pm
The Victorian Government has bought another 27 shipping containers to house the growing number of prisoners in the state's jails. There will be 18 new shipping containers, or prefabricated buildings known as dongas, at Fulham Correctional Centre in Gippsland and another nine at the Marngoneet Correctional Centre near Geelong. AUDIO: More shipping containers to house Victoria's prisoners (The World Today) They will accommodate up to 80 medium security prisoners and will be installed by August.

Book Review: Larissa Behrendt "Indigenous Australia for Dummies"

Tue, 2014/08/12 - 10:38pm
Not a real Book Review, but rather an interview with the author Larissa Behrendt about the book. - How much do you know about Australia's indigenous culture? Michael Pavlich speaks to Prof Larissa Behrendt, author of "Indigenous Australia for Dummies" she's also a barrister and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. - Recorded in July 26, 2012 - Interview by Daniel Horsley ABC Local NSW

Three castaways living with First Nations people

Fri, 2014/08/01 - 10:59am
These stories offer telling windows into the First contact and the attitude of the British. These castaways were living with the Indigenous people before the trauma of colonisation—and sometimes during it. Their accounts provide a fascinating record of that time. They come to us via Iain McCalman's book charting human interaction along the Great Barrier Reef, 'The Reef: a Passionate History'. Radio National - Hindsight July 2014

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