NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 05 DECEMBER 2013
Constitutional reform was put on the agenda today in Brisbane with key panellists both for and against the debate for First Nations people to be recognised in the Australian Constitution.
Hosted by the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association, the panel was made up by National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-chair Les Malezer, Tracker Magazine Editor Amy McGuire, Aboriginal lawyer and activist Michael Mansell and University of Melbourne Senior lecturer Mark McMillan.
Wiradjuri man, Dr McMillan, supports the notion of the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution, but says wider awareness of the proposed changes to the constitution is needed.
GRAB 1 – Mark McMillan
But Tracker’s Amy McGuire disagrees and says Australia is not ready for constitutional reform.
GRAB 2 – Amy McGuire
The campaign for constitutional recognition was slammed this morning at a panel debate held in Brisbane, with Australia being called a racist nation.
Panellist and lawyer, Michael Mansell, criticised the movement, calling it a distraction from real issues facing our communities such as land ownership, sovereignty and self-determination.
Fellow panellist, Amy McQuire, Editor of Trakker magazine agreed, saying that Australia was a racist nation, and even if a referendum was held that it would not achieve any real change.
A student at Cambridge University has become the first indigenous Australian to graduate in the university’s 800 years.
27 year old Gumbaynggirr woman Lilly Brown won a scholarship to study at Trinity College last year.
Miss Brown currently mentors Indigenous high school students in the hope of aiding there process from high school into university.
She says it’s about telling my story and the struggle I went through in getting to where I am and then making it that little bit easier for others to follow in my path.
A South Burnett Mayor says creating sustainable job opportunities for our mob requires attitudes towards hiring indigenous people to change.
State Member for local Government, David Crisafulli, spoke at a national round table yesterday, calling on Indigenous councils to stop using government funding for short-term employment fixes.
Cherbourg Mayor Kenneth Bone agrees more needs to be done but says there is no easy solution.
Mayor Bone Says Governments need to come out in the community to see what’s really happening.
The Federal Government has confirmed it will honour some of the $12 million promised for seawalls in the Torres Strait.
Following a Senate Estimates hearing last month, $5 million from the Regional Development Australia Fund will be allocated to the Seawalls Project.
The Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch spoke to TSIMA 4MW shortly after the announcement.
Indigenous education professionals have met in Perth to discuss the Western Australian Government’s planned cuts to the education sector.
The cuts will see 20% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support positions scrapped.
The Secretary of the United Voices Union says the education support workers provide an important bridge between teachers and students and culturally appropriate help in classrooms.
Carolyne Smith says the cuts will hit hard in remote communities.
Visitors to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast are set to experience Australia’s First Nations customs and culture in a new feature opening later this month.
After successfully securing funding to work with local traditional owners to build an indigenous tourism experience, Western Yalanji and Ewamian man David Hudson has been brought in as an advisor, choreographer and script writer.
Mr Hudson is an internationally renowned dancer and performer, and was one of the founders of ‘Tjapukai Cultural Park’ in Cairns.
He’s been working with the local Yugambeh mob to create ‘Dreamworld Corroboree’.
Mr. Hudson says Dreamworld’s new edition is huge and positive news for the Gold Coast.
A South Australian public health officer has questioned the effectiveness of the Northern Territory government’s ‘Alcohol Protection Order’.
The bill will see those convicted of committing a crime while intoxicated face limits on buying and consuming alcohol as well as entering licensed premises.
Dr David Scrimgeour from the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia says community supported programs are often more effective than legal punishment, in tackling substance abuse.
A leading economic academic says he’s concerned by the Federal Government’s sense of urgency in encouraging communities in the Northern Territory to sign up to 99 year leases.
Professor Jon Altman is urging communities to give thorough consideration to the idea of giving up their land for nearly a century.
One of the co-chairs of the Congress for First Nations People, Les Malezer, has told NIRS News that the newly appointed Indigenous Advisory Council poses no threat to Congress.
Mr Malezer was speaking in Brisbane, following a forum on Constitutional Recognition held by 989FM.
Indigenous broadcasters from across the globe have gathered in Seoul, South Korea for a four day conference to discuss community broadcasting.
Chair of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association Trevor Tim says the conference is about learning, educating and steering into the future
Mr Tim says another issue is getting more women into lead roles.
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About the National Indigenous Radio Service
The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a national program distribution service that delivers four radio channels of content produced by First Nations broadcasters via satellite distribution and via the internet.
Operating from a central hub in Brisbane, NIRS receives programs from a majority of the 180+ First Nations broadcasting services across Australia.
Arguably, the NIRS satellite footprint is the largest for a First Nations radio network in the southern hemisphere, if not the world. Given this, NIRS and its programs are unique within the Australian media environment. Over 120 Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services (RIBS) units, 23 Indigenous radio stations and 120 Community Broadcastes receive NIRS. To learn more about our network simply explore our new Google Map interface which show where each and every radio station is located, its website details and even includes a streaming link in some cases.
The reason why NIRS is so important to the sector is because many First Nations broadcasters haven’t the funding support to produce programs for 24/7 broadcasting or possess the funding to employ the number announcers ad producers to make enough high quality programs to support their local community audiences with the style of program that closes the gap.
So for some 15 years, NIRS has delivered its ecletic mix of broadcast programs and a national news service delivered via satellite that all major metropolitan, regional and remote communities via their Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs) can receive and add into their regional broadcast schedules.
In this way, NIRS is dedicated to facilitating First Nations voices through broadcasting and internet radio. We achieve this by a mix of programs that provides critical commentary of the strategies directed towards our communities that seek to preserve, promote and maintain First Nations arts, culture, languages and community values. Most particularly, NIRS discusses ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives that are aimed at achieving quality of life improvements for First Nations communities across Australia.
NIRS also encourages aspirant First Nations broadcasters and RIBS to send their own programs that can be shared and thus opening a ”window” to local community issues to a national audience.
For broadcasters who meet the licensing and equipment requirements but lack the funds or resources to provide a full 24-hour service, NIRS will enable them to fill any holes in their schedule with our continuous programming. For community broadcasters who access air time through a CBAA affiliate station, NIRS will provide the opportunity for these areas to hear national Indigenous issues, as well as enabling them to boost local airtime.
The Australia Indigenous Communication Association is also a great way of making contact with First Nations Broadcasters: