Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)


NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 09 January 2014

Story 1

Australia’s First Nations people will be prominently included in Australia’s National Influenza Pandemic Plan, after research shows they are more vulnerable to a new Chinese flu.

Professor Adrian Miller from Griffith University is a leading Indigenous health researcher and says the action plan will also develop vaccines specifically for Indigenous people.

Professor Miller says, the plan will take cultural differences into account when reacting to a national flu outbreak.


Story 2

A Gamilaraay traditional owner has voiced his disappointment over a fine issued to a mining company, saying it is not enough.

Santos was fined $110,000 for a leak on a Coal Seam Gas site on Gamilaraay land a year ago, after members of the community took the company to court in Brisbane in December.

Traditional owner Paul Spearim says he does not welcome mining on his land and the fine is insufficient.


Story 3

A landmark case brought by members of the Stolen Generations in Western Australia has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

The case had the potential to set a precedent for litigation by other victims.

The CEO of the state’s Aboriginal Legal Service Dennis Eggington says the plaintiffs Don and Sylvia Collard were heartbroken by the decision.

The couple had nine of their children taken by the State between 1958 and 1961.

Mr Eggington says the Supreme Court dismissed the case on technicalities but that the ALS would not give up on justice for the Collard family and other victims.


Story 4

Coal Seam Gas and coal mining is facing opposition in Northern New South Wales as traditional owners say it is destroying their land.

The call comes after a mining company was fined $110,000 after a toxic water tank leaked, and traditional owners say the fine is not enough.

Gamilaraay man Paul Spearim says, extracting resources from his country is destroying important cultural sites.


Story 5

Two Western Australian Indigenous students have received the State Government’s Rob Riley award.

The $5000 prize honours the Aboriginal and human rights advocate and goes to outstanding students for their academic achievements.

One of the recipients reportedly will start a boilermaker apprenticeship while the other plans to study animal science at Murdoch University.

Story 6

Generation One is rolling out of a new employment model aimed at leading jobseekers to real job outcomes.

The organisations Jeremy Donovan says the Vocational Training and Employment Centre, or “VTEC” model aims to increase retention rates by up to 80%.

It follows a Federal Government commitment of $45million to create 5000 jobs by 2015.


Story 7

In the first days of the New Year, human rights activist Ray Jackson says he will continue to fight for the rights of Australia’s First Nations people.

The president of the Indigenous Social Justice Association says he is still working on a commemoration march to remember the 10th anniversary of the death of a teenager on the NSW central coast.

Mr Jackson said in an interview on Koori Radio’s Blackchat, this case and others demonstrate police forces can still be an obstacle to justice.


Story 8

A discount supermarket has been forced to withdraw Australia Day merchandise following with false and inaccurate slogans.

The Aldi group were due to release a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Australia Established 1788’ this weekend, but withdrew them being flooded by online claims of the company being racist.

Aldi also quickly apologized for the inaccuracy.

Former Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma says he did not believe the design was ‘‘intentionally racist”, but was not accurate and did not lead to an understanding of Australia’s history and heritage.

New South Wales Wiradjuri parliamentarian, Linda Burney says the real issue is ignorance in the wider community.


Kind Regards,

Michelle Tuahine | News Director

Gangulu/Ngati Kahungunu
NIRS | National Indigenous Radio Service
Lvl 2 / 2 Ambleside Street, West End QLD 4101
Phone: 07 3226 4200 | Email: michelle@nirs.org.au

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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

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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