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


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NSW’s peak body for youth affairs has called for a full review into the state’s school suspension system.

The ‘Youth Action’ group says the system is chronically overused and ineffective in improving behaviour. Youth Action’s Eamon Waterford says the current system punishes repeated truancy.

Mr Waterford told NIRS News that despite making up less than four per cent of enrolments one in four students suspended is Indigenous.


Story 2

The peak body representing the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal health organisations say while it would have preferred a wide-ranging Parliamentary inquiry into alcohol, it is still an important opportunity to tackle the issue in our communities.

John Paterson has urged the Inquiry to come up with recommendations that address supply controls as well as measures that address harm minimisation.

He says the Inquiry should examine evidence on alcohol policy, without bias towards politics or the financial interests of the liquor industry.


Story 3

The CEO of the National Native Title Council has recommended compulsory apprenticeships be introduced for school leavers in remote and regional communities.

Brian Wyatt says the organisation has recommended the plan to the review into the federal government’s Indigenous Employment and Training, headed by mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest.

Mr Wyatt says the proposal attempts to encourage employers to hire Indigenous school leavers.


Story 4

Two panellists appointed to conduct a review of the national school’s curriculum have been criticised for reportedly lacking recent teaching experience or developing curriculum design.

Former teacher and education researcher Kevin Donnelly and University of Queensland academic Ken Wilshire will oversee the review, announced by federal minister for education Christopher Pyne.

Mr Pyne has asked the panel to look into whether the curriculum needs the three current themes, one of which is Indigenous Australia.

Tony Taylor is an Associate Professor at Monash University. He says while there problems with the national curriculum they are generally more of a technical than an ideological nature.

Story 5

AFL great Adam Goodes says an incident last year involving racist taunts being targeted at him, resulted in positive conversations around the country.

Mr Goodes made the comments in the lead up to the naming of the Australian of the Year award.


The Australian of the Year will be named on January 26.

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

Twenty seven homes are known have been destroyed following a bushfire that swept through the Perth Hills. Authorities say that figure could rise.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Severe Fire Danger today further east across the Goldfields.

It includes the Kalgoorlie-Boulder are, Coolgardie and Wiluna.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services says Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning and are urging residents to stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames.

Story 8

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.

Clint Durham says the service provides a thousand meals each month.


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 President of the Australian Education Union, Angelo Gavrielatos , says concerns expressed by Federal Education Minister that the national school 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.


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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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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