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



Story 1

Australian women are being reminded there’s no early test for ovarian cancer as a recent study reveals more than half wrongly believe it can be detected by a Pap smear.

The survey also found nearly a third of women mistakenly think the HPV vaccine can protect against the disease.

As a result, Alison Amos from Ovarian Cancer Australia says its crucial women know the signs and seek help if they have any concerns.


Story 2

Northern Territory Police have made more than 280 arrests as part of an operation targeting domestic violence in Alice Springs.

More from the ABC’s Anthony Stewart.


Story 3

The Northern Territory Government has released a second set of figures related to its controversial Alcohol Mandatory Treatment policy targeting people with drinking problems.

Cassandra Tim reports.


Story 4

The CEO of Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Corporation is continuing to demand answers from the Indigenous Advisory Council.

Don MacAskill sent an open letter with what he calls reasonable questions earlier this week, and highlighted a need for transparency and strategic direction.

Mr MacAskill says he is urging the IAC to consult communities to develop an overview of the needs of First Nations people.


Story 5

Former Black Panther activist Dr Gary Foley has given a rare insight into the inner circle of the 1960’s action group.

Freedom of Information documents show the national security intelligence service regularly followed and documented the organisation’s movements.

Dr Foley has told NIRS News ASIO’s motivation was the fear that the Black Panthers were being funded by the Communist Party.

He’s been collecting his ASIO files every year which are released after a 30 year waiting period.


Dr Foley features in the SBS TV series ‘Persons of Interest’ airing next Tuesday.

Story 6

Over 130 Indigenous kids are participating in a sports camp at the University of Queensland this week in a campaign to close the gap on tertiary education.

John Brady from the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health says the Indigenous Youth Sports Program is aimed at providing well integrated access to universities and sports.

Mr Brady says sporting celebrities Damien Hooper and Sam Thaiday have attended the event to inspire a healthy lifestyle and bring high school students closer to universities.


Story 7

Australian journalist and film maker, John Pilger says he’s seen no real action in Indigenous policies since he made his first documentary over twenty years ago.

Pilger’s latest work, Utopia, will make its Australian debut in Redfern tonight.  The event is expected to be attended by a few thousand people.

John Pilger has told NIRS News that successive governments have done little or nothing to improve our standards of living.


Story 8

First Nations boxer Anthony Mundine has thrown his support behind a campaign by his former opponent Danny Green against alcohol-fuelled violence.

Green has funded and appeared in a TV advertisement advocating against “coward punch”-type behaviour that led to the death of an 18-year-old Sydney man recently.

Green says he wants to turn around a culture of alcohol-fuelled violence amongst young people and get the message out about self-control and discipline as opposed to senseless violence.

Mundine says many lives have been ruined by coward punches and has praised Green for putting his voice to the cause.

Story 9

A senior researcher into substance abuse says the latest figures on petrol sniffing in Aboriginal communities are evidence of the need for a further roll-out of Opal fuel.

The Menzies School of Health Research has released an interim report showing a drop of over 400 sniffers in a six-year period across 15 communities.

Report co-author, Professor Peter d’Abbs, says introduction of low aromatic fuel had been an important factor in the fight against petrol sniffing.



Story 10

A Nyoongah community worker has praised veteran journalist and filmmaker John Pilger for his work on the new movie, Utopia.

The documentary tells of injustices in the relationship between White Australians and First Nations people, focusing on aspects such as the Northern Territory Intervention and on-going socio-economic disadvantage.

It makes its Australian premier at The Block in Redfern tonight.

Robert Eggington from the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation says both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians will benefit from viewing the film.


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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