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Turnbull on 'Recognition', Scullion and other First Nation issues

Fri, 2015/09/18 - 11:48pm
The Transcript - MARK COLVIN: Who'll be in charge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs in a Turnbull Government? Senator Nigel Scullion may stay as Indigenous Affairs Minister, but he's in the outer ministry - Tony Abbott always said Indigenous questions were his responsibility inside the Cabinet itself. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, wants Malcolm Turnbull to confirm that the Coalition will still go ahead with a referendum in May 2017. Mick Gooda says he's happy to continue working with Nigel Scullion, but has also suggested considering Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt for the job. He's spoke to Anna Henderson. MICK GOODA: Everyone in Australia right now is waiting to see what happens over the next week or so with the new Cabinet, whether there's going to be any different ministry Government arrangements. ANNA HENDERSON: Do you feel like Nigel Scullion should remain in the portfolio? MICK GOODA: Oh look, it's not up to us to, or me in particular to determine, make any comment like that. I have a good working relationship with Minister Scullion, we have robust discussion, we have really really frank discussion - I'd like to see that continue. But whether Minister Scullion remains in his place is really a matter for the Prime Minister now. We do have an Indigenous member of Parliament, Ken Wyatt, maybe there could be something radical and he could be Aboriginal Affairs Minister if there is to be a change. ANNA HENDERSON: So, at this point do you feel like a change of leader might actually be a game-changer in a positive way? MICK GOODA: I don't know. I understand Malcolm Turnbull has been very positively talking about constitutional reform. Again, it's a wait and see over the next week or so where we can make contact with his office to start working out where we stand with constitutional recognition. I hope we just maintain the same timetable, you know, we've been at it now for - you know, I've been at it the whole time I've been in this job, getting onto six years of work. A lot of other people have been the same, or even longer. We've now got a timetable, we agreed with the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader about early 2017. I think we should stick to that timetable and I'd like to see a commitment from the new Prime Minister to that effect really, that he's committed to it, that we've got a process in place and that should just continue. ANNA HENDERSON: Now you heard Malcolm Turnbull's first remarks when he was elected by his party to the role of Prime Minister, among them he was talking about a more collegiate way of operating. Did you read anything into that for his engagement with Indigenous Australians? MICK GOODA: Well, when he talks about respecting the intelligence of the Australian community, I think he has to understand that and respect the intelligence within the Aboriginal community, that we do want to work through the problems that face us and face the country. I just hope that we're not just brushed to one side when this conversation happens with the new Prime Minister. As matter of fact, there'll be people who'll be very upfront about that, that we need this new relationship, we need proper engagement where both sides are respected, because that's the only way anything is going to change with our mob. Imposing solutions without the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will work for a little while, but they won't produce sustainable results and that's the message again I will be giving to the Prime Minister's office when I get the chance. MARK COLVIN: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda speaking to Anna Henderson.

Slavery in Western Australia - Stolen Wages Shame

Wed, 2015/09/09 - 12:50am
Up until the 1970s, generations of Aboriginal workers in WA had their wages systematically stolen over decades, and only a small minority received reparation—just $2,000 in 2012. Sarah Dingle reveals the secret calculations that recommended a much higher sum, and government efforts to minimise payouts. ABC Radio National 'Background Briefing' - See more:-

WA govt faces potential class action after millions stolen from Aboriginal workers

Wed, 2015/09/09 - 12:35am
In Western Australia, the government is facing a potential class action over its controversial Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme. The scheme paid Aboriginal people a maximum of $2,000 in recognition of decades of withheld wages. Now, a Background Briefing investigation has uncovered secret financial modelling commissioned by the Government which suggests the Government owes the workers much more than that. ABC AM The TRANSCRIPT:-

Bushwalker discovers fossilised remains of prehistoric rainforest in QLD

Mon, 2015/09/07 - 6:59am
In Queensland the discovery of the fossilised remains of a 23 million-year-old rainforest in the Gold Coast hinterland is shining light on a little understood period of geological history. The fossils were unearthed from a creek bed by a curious bushwalker who took them to the Queensland Museum for analysis.

NT allows Mining giant to pollute 'country'

Wed, 2015/09/02 - 2:04pm
The Northern Territory Government is grappling with a looming environmental disaster at one of the world's biggest zinc, lead and silver mines. The McArthur mine is located about 900 kilometres south-east of Darwin in Gulf Country, and is operated by the Swiss mining giant Glencore. Documents released through a Freedom on Information request now reveal though that Glencore is failing to manage the huge amounts of toxic waste being released at the mine—waste which environmentalists say could pose a danger for hundreds of years. In fact, it's been revealed a leaking tailings dam is already contaminating local waterways used by people living near the mine. The fear now is that the mining giant may leave Northern Territory taxpayers with a massive bill to clean up the site. RN Breakfast

Macquarie Perceptions: Tim Miller

Tue, 2015/09/01 - 12:53pm
A contemporary artistic response to Lachlan Macquarie's term as governor of NSW, and the crossing of the Blue Mountains. Artist Tim Miller became fascinated with the expansion of settlement west of Sydney during Macquarie's tenure. What would have been seen by the first European explorers and how their arrival might have been perceived by the local Indigenous peoples? Source: ABC Radio National 'Earshot'

Macquarie Perceptions: Keith Dewell

Tue, 2015/09/01 - 11:41am
Artistic perceptions of Lachlan Macquarie's time as governor of New South Wales. Australian artist Keith Dewell has a fascination with the human form—his drawings express ways in which the physicality of the human body exposes inner emotion. In a recent exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of Lachlan Macquarie's governorship, Keith contributes an insight into both the Aboriginal and the convict psyche during this time. This is an excellent report on Keith Dewell work on Earshot with David Rutledge on RN - However the female historian called Grace who appears on this audio has a very blinkered view on the situation and talks about the invaders as if they are hero's for murdering the First Nations people and stealing their land. She even mentions how progressive the newly built orphanages were.

Joseph Lycett: convict artist

Tue, 2015/09/01 - 10:36am
Joseph Lycett was a convicted English forger who was transported to New South Wales in the early nineteenth century. He had a colourful existence in Australia and documented the life of First Nations people of the Newcastle region at that time. - More info amd images:-

The 1967 referendum myths

Tue, 2015/08/18 - 9:40am
There has been considerable misunderstandings about 1967 Referendum both in Aboriginal and mainstream Australians circles. Here is an audio made for SBS World News Radio by Ron Sutton in March 2014.

Pat O'Shane: The Difference between Law and Justice

Sun, 2015/08/16 - 1:41pm
For almost three decades, Pat O’Shane, the fiery daughter of an Aboriginal mother and an Irish father, was one of Australia’s most famous magistrates. In 27 eventful years on the bench, she was frequently under attack, her name never far from the word ‘controversial’ for some of her decisions and public comments. - In this interview with Julia Baird on Radio National, Pat, now retired, talks about everything from justice to her crippling depression and the immense stress the job caused her, as well as the pact she made with herself never to show her tears. - From RN Swam Songs with Julia Baird

Federal Judge Exposes Cultural Interference

Tue, 2015/08/11 - 10:18am
The Fortescue Metals Group owned by Andrew Forrest have come under fire from a Federal Court Judge for their involvement in supporting certain community members to break away from Traditional protocol in an attempt to free up access to land they wish to mine on. CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia Michael Woodley told Donna Campbell, CAAMA Radio that within Aboriginal cultural there is a relationship structure…one that is now being -

Nowhere to go for the Homeless - Adelaide

Fri, 2015/08/07 - 10:08pm
2014 Audio Report: Over the last three years the support for homeless people with drug and alcohol issues in South Australia has been cut significantly. ICHAG, the Independent Community-Wide Homelessness Administrators Group has released a report describing this crisis and calling for the government to take immediate action. Backing this report is Shelter SA, and their executive director, Dr Alice Clark, spoke to Angus Randall. Radio Adelaide Produced by Michael Moschos 7/4/14

South Australia's first Indigenous female fire-fighting team forms

Thu, 2015/07/23 - 11:18am
A group of women in a remote Aboriginal community in South Australia's APY Lands have formed the state's first indigenous female fire-fighting team. For cultural reasons women in Mimili can't work with the men in the Country Fire Service brigade in the town. However with the men often out of community on cultural business and other help so far away the women decided to get trained up so they could protect themselves and their land.

Open up Sturt National Park to dingoes, say University of Sydney scientists (ABC Rural)

Tue, 2015/07/21 - 8:47am
Researchers are calling for the dog fence to be moved as an experiment that looks at ways to protect threatened native species and increase biodiversity. - The aim is to let dingoes breed up in Sturt National Park, near Cameron Corner, in far north-west New South Wales, so researchers can study the role the canines play in arid lands. - University of Sydney researcher Dr Thomas Newsome said the apex predator could play an important part in managing feral pests who prey on wildlife. - "There's been ongoing interest in exploring the ecological role of the dingo," he said.

AUDIO: Extreme racist groups move out of the shadows

Sat, 2015/07/18 - 5:03am
New South Wales Police have named the rise of white supremacist groups as one of the main threats to social cohesion in Australia.   Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas said a number of organisations fitting that description are moving out of the shadows.   "Racist groups who have in the past worked under the radar, coming out, spreading hatred, particularly on the far-right," he said.   Mr Kaldas said police were watching the trend closely although he declined to name any specific groups.   "I'm loathed to give them any oxygen but I would say that there is definitely activity on the right wing, the extreme right wing, of politics and people who are using events around the world to create incidents in Australia and NSW and in Sydney," he said.   "We're not taking our eye off that ball. We are watching it just as much as we watch anybody else."   He was speaking at a community cohesion conference at the University of Western Sydney, in Parramatta.

Audio 2 - Kukenarup massacres memorial WA SE

Tue, 2015/05/26 - 9:25pm
The Official Opening of the Kukenarup memorial on the site of WA SE Report and image by Tara De Landgrafft - ABC Rural Kokenarup massacre: In 1880, a family group of approximately 30 First Nations people were massacred about 15 kilometres from the Ravensthorpe in Western Australia's south west region. One account states that John Dunn, a farm worker, attacked and raped a young Nyoongar girl and in accordance with the Nyoongar lore of that region he was subsequently killed by Yandawulla Dibbs and a group of local Nyoongar men. Dunn's overseer sent out word of the killing, and returned with a large group of armed settlers who rounded up and slaughtered 30 Nyoongar men, women and children.

Audio 1 - Kukenarup massacres memorial WA SE

Tue, 2015/05/26 - 9:18pm
The Official Opening of the Kukenarup memorial on the site of WA SE Image: Noongar elders and sisters Carol Petterson and Roni Grey Forrest at the Kukenarup memorial Kokenarup massacre: In 1880, a family group of approximately 30 First Nations people were massacred about 15 kilometres from the Ravensthorpe in Western Australia's south west region. One account states that John Dunn, a farm worker, attacked and raped a young Nyoongar girl and in accordance with the Nyoongar lore of that region he was subsequently killed by Yandawulla Dibbs and a group of local Nyoongar men. Dunn's overseer sent out word of the killing, and returned with a large group of armed settlers who rounded up and slaughtered 30 Nyoongar men, women and children. Report and image by Tara De Landgrafft - ABC Rural

Conspiracy of Silence: Queensland’s frontier killing times

Mon, 2015/05/25 - 10:16am
Radio National - Big Ideas 11 July 2013 The killing times. Cairns-based historian Timothy Bottoms has drawn a new map of Queensland, that places many more sites of massacres of Aboriginal people into the story than have ever been acknowledged before. And while he argues that this is a story of deep silences, what he demonstrates is how public and discussed these killings were in the nineteenth century. In conversation with RN’s Kate Evans, Dr Bottoms draws out his research and conclusions, while a powerful combination of elders and historians made the story live.

Audio: 'How would you like to be me?’

Sun, 2015/05/24 - 8:37am
'How would you like to be me?’ was a forum held in Adelaide in May 2015, aiming to shed a light on the everyday experiences of First Nation peoples around Australia. Here we have Caper, Aboriginal rap artist, Michael Ghillar Anderson, Sovereign Union founder and Jeff McMullen, journalist and activist - Other speakers at the forum were included Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Alison Anderson, Tauto Sansbury and Gerry Georgatos. Produced by Lovette Williams and Lisa Burns of 'The Wire'

Mr Koowarta's case: forty years of the Racial Discrimination Act

Wed, 2015/05/20 - 7:59am
Part one in a two-part series marking 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act. Mr Koowarta's case could have been the end of our first human rights law.