Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service



Story 1

The Northern Territory government’s ‘Alcohol Protection Order’ legislation has passed through parliament.

Police will now be able to enforce orders on individuals who commit a crime while intoxicated.

Those served with the orders will not be able to buy or consume alcohol, or enter a licenced premise without a reasonable excuse.

Sandy Aloise has more.


Story 2

Almost one tonne of live sea cucumbers have been returned to the water in the Torres Strait, following the intercept of seven illegal foreign fishing boats.

The boats are believed to have set sail from Papua New Guinea.

Sea cucumbers are considered a delicacy in most cultures in East and South East Asia and are highly regarded for their perceived health benefits.

In a joint agency operation by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Navy and Australian Fisheries, it’s understood sixty PNG fishers were taken into custody a week ago.

The fishers have now been transferred to Papua New Guinea authorities in Daru.

The seven vessels are being held at Thursday Island by the Australian Fisheries Agency.

Authorities are awaiting the outcome of prosecutions under PNG law.

Story produced by TSIMA 4MW.

Story 3

A new report by the Salvation Army highlights the desperate situation facing thousands of homeless Australians as we head towards Christmas.

It reveals the growing housing affordability crisis is responsible for almost half of all people accessing the Salvo’s special homelessness services.

The ‘Homelessness’ report also identifies domestic violence as the main reason for more than half of women who use the service.

Doctor Bruce Redman from the Salvation Army is calling on Australians to remember those who will struggle over the holiday period.


Story 4

Yolngu statesman Galarrwuy Yunupingu says he’s sad and disappointed at the decision of mining giant Rio Tinto to close its alumina refinery on Gove Peninsula.

Around fifteen hundred jobs will be affected.

Mr Yunupingu, in an interview with ‘The Australian’, is urging Indigenous Australians to develop businesses such as mining on country and to manage it themselves.

The Gumatj Corporation, representing Mr Yunupingu’s clan, is in the process of developing its own bauxite mining company.

Story 5

A Martu Elder has taken his communities concerns to Toro Energy’s annual general meeting in Perth.

Glen Cooke was one of two delegates who attended the meeting, to protest against Toro’s planned expansion of its uranium mine in Wiluna, on the edge of the Western Desert.

Mr Cooke is calling on the state and federal governments to stop any further approvals or development of the mine until it consults with the Wiluna community.


Story 6

Jessica Mauboy has won the prestigious ARIA award for the best female artist.

She accepted her award from one of her role models, Alicia Keys.


Story 7

A Victorian health expert says lack of access to services plays a big role in the wellbeing of Indigenous people.

The CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Health organisation Jill Gallagher says, while this concerns all Australians, our communities are less inclined to be able to access health and preventative programs.

Ms Gallagher says, smoking, diabetes and obesity are big problems in Victoria but suicide remains the most tragic.


Story 8

The Australian Greens has vowed to take the plea for the funding and construction of sea walls in the Torres Strait, to federal parliament this week.

In the final sitting weeks of 2013, Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters says the effects of climate change and king tides require urgent attention.

Two years ago, king tides were responsible for washing away parts of the cemetery on Sabai Island.

Senator Waters says the situation is intolerable.


Story 9

The National Secretary of the Trade Workers Union has expressed shock at the decision by Rio Tinto to curtail its operations on the Gove Peninsula.

Paul Howes says the area has been at the centre of Indigenous land rights for decades.


Story 10

The CEO of the Dhimurru Corporation Steve Roegen says the community is still coming to terms with the ramifications of the decision by Rio Tinto to curtail its operations at its Gove alumina refinery.

Rio Tinto is the single largest employer in the region.


Get more from your National Indigenous Radio Service here: http://www.nirs.org.au/

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

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:


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