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NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 010 January 2014

Story 1

The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion is being called on to clarify an announcement on a bi-partisan parliamentary inquiry into alcohol fuelled violence.

When first announced, the Minister appeared to be seeking an inquiry into alcohol policies across all communities in Australia, following a number of deaths from Christmas Eve due to cowardly alcohol fuelled punches.

By late yesterday, it appeared the inquiry is looking only into alcohol programs and alcohol related violence in our communities.

Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten has called on the Coalition to clarify the issue.


Story 2

Discount supermarket Big W has joined the Aldi group by withdrawing Australia merchandise with false and inaccurate slogans.

The Aldi group were due to release a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Australia Established 1788’ but were forced to withdrew them, following accusations the company is racist.

Aldi 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.


Story 3

A young Indigenous trainee was in his second week of on the job died yesterday, after plunging 30 metres to the ground.

The man was working at the Barangaroo construction site in Sydney, as part of a Koori Job Ready program.

The union representing construction workers says the man was not being supervised sufficiently at the time of his death, an accusation rejected by the company in charge of the site.

The man was 26 years old.

Story 4

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 5

Indigenous rights campaigners are preparing to have their voices heard, when world leaders, including the President of the United States, Barack Obama attend this year’s G20 summit in Australia later this year.

Euahlayi Nation’s Michael Anderson says Australia is still a British colony and Indigenous people do not receive the recognition they deserve.


Story 6

In Western Australia, a female inmate who received approval to attend her son’s funeral had her leave cancelled one hour before she was due to be escorted to a holding site.

Jodie Brown is currently serving in Greenough Prison in Geraldton.

It’s reported the Department of Corrective Services shut down all prison transfers and leave following the escape of two other prisoners unrelated to Ms Brown’s request.

Geraldton resident Joyce Capewell says the decision to cancel Ms Brown’s leave was an overreaction and disgraceful.


Story 7

To Queensland, where Indigenous campaigners will gather to fight the state’s anti bikie laws later this month.

Spokesperson for the Sovereign Union Michael Anderson says the laws can impact on other minorities and infringe on personal and collective freedoms.


Story 8

The world’s leaders will gather in Brisbane for the G20 summit in November this year and Indigenous rights campaigners are preparing to get their voices heard.

Spokesperson for the Sovereign Union Michael Anderson says Australia is still a British colony and Indigenous people do not receive the recognition they deserve.

Mr Anderson says with laws infringing on personal and collective freedoms, he is urging people to fight for their civil liberties.


Story 9

Up to 10 aspiring filmmakers will be selected from Western Australia to develop their stories into short films aimed at capturing the essence of life as contemporary Aboriginal youth.

ABC Television and ScreenWest will select seven documentaries to be broadcast on Youth Channel, ABC2.

Debra Miller, ScreenWest’s Indigenous manager has the details.


Story 10

The Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne has announced a review into the National Education Curriculum.

Mr Pyne has called for the review following concerns the current model does not provide a balance and should give more weight to western civilisation and historical events such as Anzac Day.

Mr Pyne says the review will examine whether the Curriculum’s three themes – including Indigenous Australia – are still necessary.


Story 11

The President of the Australian Education Union, Angelo Gavrielatos , says concerns expressed by Federal Education Minister that Australia’s education curriculum fails to acknowledge the legacy of western civilisations, is unfounded.

The Education Minister Christopher Pyne has announced the review describing the curriculum broken and in need of fixing.

Mr Gavrielatos spoke to Marius Benson.


Story 12

A program launched two years ago in the Kimberley community of Broome has doubled the number of meals it provides to help families struggling to afford nutritious meals for their children.

Clint and Deb Durham launched ‘Feed the Little Children’ to help out the families of Broome.

The service provides a thousand meals each month.


Kind Regards,

Michelle Tuahine | News Director

Gangulu/Ngati Kahungunu
NIRS | National Indigenous Radio Service
Lvl 2 / 2 Ambleside Street, West End QLD 4101
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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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