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



Story 1

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.

Adam Goodes is the NSW nominee.


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

Story 2

An online petition is underway to collect signatures demanding the abandonment of the Indigenous Advisory Council.

Petition founder and poet Ken Canning says he does not want a body representing Aboriginal people that was not voted in.

On the petition website – change.org – comments allege the council does not represent and fight for indigenous communities.


Story 3

A West Australian Yamatji Elder has made a complaint to the Queensland Police Service alleging one of its officers of racism.

It follows a Facebook post by a woman using the alias of Anne T. Sharia, in which she describes Aboriginal people as “welfare and who abuse and starve their children.”

Yamatji Elder Joyce Capewell alleges the woman is a Senior Constable with the Queensland Police Service.


The matter is now before the Queensland Police Professional Standards Board.

Story 4

The last remaining founding member of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has expressed his concern about the use of the Aboriginal flag during Australia Day celebrations.

It follows the online post of a photo which shows members of a local council holding the Aboriginal flag upside-down.

Mr Anderson is urging people to educate themselves about the flag before using it.


Story 5

The North Australian Justice Agency has backed calls from the Indigenous Advisory Council’s Warren Mundine, to keep young offenders out of the prison system.

Priscilla Collins from NAAJA, says the only solution to break the cycle of institutional crime is to case manage youth in diversionary programs.


Story 6

The Aboriginal flag is an important symbol for our First Nation’s people, but an Indigenous rights campaigner says the Australian Government stole it.

Tent embassy co-founder Michael Anderson says the flag was developed during tent embassy and land rights protests in the early ‘70s, but he alleges the Australian Government stole it by legislating its recognition.

Mr Anderson says this poses a big dilemma but he still proudly waves the Aboriginal flag.


Story 7

The Perth Magistrate’s Court has heard that two police officers had no lawful justification for tasering an unarmed prisoner repeatedly at Perth Watch House.

Sgt Aaron Grant Strahan and Troy Gregory Tomlin both pleaded not guilty of unlawful assault against Kevin Pratt in 2008.

Footage of Mr Spratt writhing in pain while being tasered repeatedly made world headlines when the CCC released it in October 2010.

Prosecutor James Mactaggart told the court “The officers weren’t acting in self-defence. Mr Spratt was by himself and there was no evidence he was armed. There were eight police officers including Sgt Strahan in the room.”

Outside court, Mr Spratt’s partner said he had been “the victim of a torturous event”.

Story 8

Buddy Franklins preparations for his first season in a Sydney Swans Guernsey are in full swing.

Franklin’s departure from premiers Hawthorn in a massive $10 million deal was the talk of the AFL world in the off season and he joins a list of some of the great full forwards to have joined the Swans over the years.

He’s now back in full training with the Sydney side and superstar Adam Goodes couldn’t be happier with how he’s going.


Story 9

The Brisbane Broncos have announced Justin Hodges and Corey Parker as the clubs new co captains following the shock dumping of Sam Thaiday as skipper late last week.

Thaiday’s form had struggled under the pressure of the captaincy and a Broncos side that delivered the clubs worst ever season.

Hodges hopes he and Parker as co captains can restore the pride in the once great Brisbane club.


Story 10

The CEO of Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative has written an open letter to the Indigenous Advisory Council posing a number of questions.

Don MacAskill says in the letter he questions the policies, selection process, strategic plan and its role in providing for Indigenous communities.

Mr MacAskill writes that he questions the IAC’s confidentiality and says “it appears to be a worrying lack of transparency”.


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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