NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 30 January 2014
The Online Hate Prevention Institute says there are flaws in Facebook’s processes in removing racist content posted to the social media site.
The comments come after a page was taken down vilifying Indigenous Australians, with references to poverty and the Stolen Generations.
An initial complaint saw the company declare the content acceptable under it’s ‘community standards’ policy, but media pressure saw it quickly reverse its decision.
Dr. Andre Oboler from the Online Hate Prevention Institute says Facebook is sending the wrong message if it doesn’t immediately take down racist content.
To Western Australia, community members have promised to raise awareness of the disproportionately high number of ‘move-on’ notices issued to Aboriginal people in Perth.
Government figures show 10,000 ‘move-on’ notices in one year were issued to our mob in the state out of a total of 28,000.
Former state Attorney-General, Jim McGinty, who introduced the policy in 2006, says the notices were never meant to target Aboriginal people, but where aimed at addressing anti-social behaviour and violence.
Nyungah Elder Bella Bropho says many notices smack of racism and have disturbing effects on homeless people, who are not able to access services such as mobile healthcare and soup kitchens when they’re moved on.
The author of an open letter to the Indigenous Advisory Council says there has been no response from Warren Mundine or Tony Abbott, despite it receiving attention on traditional and social media.
CEO of Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Cooperative Don MacAskill has since written another letter questioning the planned cuts of 21 federal Aboriginal programs by the Government as part of a major spending overhaul.
Mr MacAskill says, if the Government was sincere about their election promise to closing gaps there should be increased funding instead of major cuts.
A Western Australian PhD researcher into premature deaths and suicides says his studies have found there have been at least 300 First Nations peoples who have died by suicide in the last three years.
Last year, Gerry Georgatos revealed that tragically, there were 996 reported suicides of Indigenous Australians between 2001 and 2010.
The Indigenous Advisory Council has included the crisis in their mandate, but Mr. Georgatos says since the body committed to do more to address the problem three months ago, there have been further suicides.
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And a disclaimer: Gerry Georgatos is also a correspondent for the National Indigenous Radio Service.
Prominent linguist, Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, is calling on the Federal Government to compensate First Nations peoples for the loss of language.
Professor Zuckermann says Indigenous languages should be made official in their region and multi-linguism will improve the mental and social wellbeing of people.
He says compensation for the loss of languages could be used to restore and reclaim language where possible.
Ghil’ad Zuckerman will give a talk at New South Wales State Library on the urgent need for language revival and share his experience in reclaiming the dormant Barngarla Aboriginal language of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia on February 3.
North Queensland is starting to feel the effects of a tropical low which is expected to form into a cyclone later today.
The ABC’s Isabel Roe reports.
The Northern Territory Opposition says the Government’s mandatory alcohol treatment policy has had mixed success.
The CLP’s recently-released six month data on the program reveals 155 people have completed treatment orders and Alcohol Rehabilitation Minister Robyn Lambley says there have been many success stories.
But Shadow Minister for Indigenous Police Ken Vowles says the controversial policy takes the wrong approach.
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is touring Australia with messages that they remain solid despite being de-funded by the Federal Government.
This week in Perth, Congress Co-Chair Kirstie Parker spoke to a packed meeting to reassure the Congress will remain a thriving voice for First Nations people.
Ms Parker says she’s calling on our people to stand side by side with Congress.
A documentary airing on free-to-air TV tonight will celebrate the landmark 26th of January protests by Indigenous Australians in 1988.
Producer and co-writer of the documentary ‘88’, Michaela Perske, says she interviewed leading campaigners such as Michael Mansell and Tiga Bayles.
Ms Perske says around 30,000 people gathered in Sydney to mark the bicentennial anniversary of European invasion 26 years ago and many of the issues are sadly still relevant today.
‘88’ will feature on ABC1 at 8.30 tonight.
An Aboriginal Corporation in Victoria has been placed under special administration by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.
The Registrar Anthony Bevans says, the Department found serious concerns in the corporation such as failing to maintain records and holding meetings.
The corporation will be managed by the Australian Indigenous Business Services until June this year.
NIRS contacted AIBS but further comment was denied.
A new documentary into the plight of Indigenous people in Australia is making headlines across the country and one human rights activist describes it as ‘shocking’.
President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association Ray Jackson was at the premiere of ‘Utopia’ in Redfern and says it details what he calls the human rights abuse of the Northern Territory Intervention.
Mr Jackson says the documentary also reveals that nothing has changed in the last few decades.
To New South Wales, the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council says it’ll look to Commonwealth law to override state heritage legislation in order to stop a controversial mine expansion.
The state Department of Planning has approved the expansion of the Rocla sand mining operation at Calga, but Darkinjung claims the expansion would see the disturbance of a large number of significant sites.
The Land Council’s Chief Executive is Sean Gordon.
There’s been a slight setback in the Nigel Scullion’s bid to put the Federal Government’s message out about school attendance while on tour in the Northern Territory.
Warren Barnsley has more.
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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 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.
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