Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service





Northern Territory Chief Minister, Adam Giles says he will use last week’s COAG talks to lobby for increased deregulation of environmental approvals.

Shon Williams reports.




Singer Troy Cassar-Daley has withdrawn his nomination for ‘Album of the Year’ at the annual ‘Golden Guitars’ Awards, but says he’ll attend the event to support other nominees.

It follows claims by another singer, John Williamson, who resigned as the President of the Country Music Association, criticising the inclusion of Cassar-Daley in the nominations, because his latest album includes cover versions of American country songs.

The Golden Guitar Awards is the highlight of the Tamworth Music Festival held in January each year.




The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is calling for donations to help train young Indigenous Leaders to kick-start climate change action in our communities.

The program will train and mentor young people in regional and remote communities in using their voice to protect our culture and land from climate change.

Bundjalung woman Amelia Telford, Indigenous and Diversity Coordinator for the AYCC says that $10,000 dollars is required to train 60 young leaders.




Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, has been laid to rest in his childhood home of Kunu.

Mr Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his activism against the apartheid regime.

He was the country’s first black President.

Jonah Hull reports.




The Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda will today release his recommendations on social justice and native title on the twentieth anniversary of the role.

The report has assessed the alcohol management strategies in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Commissioner Gooda has recommended a human-rights based approach, rather than a punitive one, in dealing with chronic alcohol disease.




The Victorian ombudsman has reported that over the past 6 years, 27 children have been locked up in adult prisons.

He’s also reported that in some cases, were kept in solitary confinement for up to twenty three hours a day.

Victorian Children’s Commissioner Bernie Geary, says the case of a sixteen year old Indigenous boy who was sent to the Port Phillip adult prison and spent months in solitary confinement last year, reveals the ‘shabby nature’ of the corrections system.




A Birra-Gubba Duru Elder from the Whitsundays says the expansion of a coal plant at Abbott Point near Bowen would have gone ahead, no matter what traditional owners say or do.

Jim Gaston says the expansion will provide cultural heritage protection for traditional owners and jobs for the local community.

He is concerned however about the planned dredging of three million cubic metres of spoil to be dumped offshore in the Great Barrier Marine Park, 24km northeast off Abbot Point.




The High Court has unanimously overruled the ACT’s same sex marriage laws.

The decision means the marriages of twenty seven couples who wed in Canberra last weekend will be annulled.

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the High Court’s decision is a disappointment for same-sex couples but her party will ensure that same-sex marriage laws are introduced nationwide.

Wiradjuri Lawyer Mark McMillan says the ability to marry who he chooses is a matter of basic rights.




The co-founder of Tjapukai in north Queensland has helped establish another Indigenous experience center on the Gold Coast and says it opens up opportunities for employment and storytelling.

David Hudson is a consultant to Dreamworld and worked on Dreamworld Corrboree, an interactive walk-through experience.

Mr Hudson says the project employs 12 Indigenous staff as part of the parks’ Reconciliation Action Plan who will help tell local and national stories.




One hundred Truancy officers are being introduced in Northern Territory schools in up to twenty schools from next year.

Mark Wilton reports.


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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