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



Story 1

Indigenous grid iron player Jesse Williams is now the first Indigenous player to win a Super Bowl ring, following his team, the Seattle Sea Hawks clear win over Denver watched by over twenty six million viewers in the United States and around the world.

The 22 year old was drafted to the Seattle Seahawks with a 4year contract.

Jesse’s father, Arthur Williams, has described his son’s achievements as unbelievable, and painted a picture of the Williams’ family home in Brisbane today.



Story 2

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the number one killer both in Australia and around the world.

The World Health Organisation has released its World Cancer Report – the first since 2008.

It shows that just over eight million people around the world died of cancer in 2012; 40 thousand of them in Australia.

312 Australians are diagnosed with cancer every day.

Report author, Professor Bernard Stewart, says smoking is the overwhelming cause of cancer-related deaths, but other factors are also to blame.



Story 3

One of the nation’s most important figures in Aboriginal health says the Federal Government needs to guarantee action on reducing suicide rates.

Cassandra Tim has more.



Story 4

Anthropologist and Linguist Dr. Bentley James is calling for donations to help preserve language.

For the past 20 years, Yan-nhangu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga, who is known as ‘Big Boss’, and Dr. James, have worked together on a trilingual atlas as a gift to give to Yonglu children.

The Atlas is in English, Yan-nhangu and Yolngu and includes an illustrated dictionary of the Crocodile Islands.

Dr. James says although the atlas is written, there are still many expenses to be covered before distribution.



Story 5

To New South Wales,

Gomeroi Elders are planning a Cultural Ride to all townships throughout the state to talk to their mob about alleged Government failures to protect sacred sites.

The group has been campaigning against Whitehaven’s Maules Creek coal mine in the state’s north due to concerns about the destruction of burial sites.

In a statement, the elders say they’ve been treated disrespectfully by the company, who’ve attempted to put their concerns to the side.

Elder Uncle Dick Talbott says they will aim to warn communities about heritage protection failures and talk about their poor treatment at the hands of the company.


Story 6

The Nyoongar community is calling for an immediate end to the culling of sharks off the West Coast of Australia, as thousands gathered on Perth’s beaches over the weekend.

The State Government recently started killing large sharks such as great whites, tiger and bull sharks as a response to a number of fatal attacks in the area over the last few years.

Nyoongar TO Iva Hayward-Jackson says all animals are connected to the Dreaming and are of spiritual significance to Aboriginal people and the Government’s shark culling is a disregard of life.

Mr Hayward-Jackson says Indigenous people are the first environmentalists and Native Title holders of the Perth area were completely ignored during the decision making process.



Story 7

A member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council says she’s excited about the future of Aboriginal affairs and First Nations peoples.

Koori woman Josie Cashman is a lawyer and businessperson, who founded and is Managing Director of Riverview Global Partners.

Ms Cashman says since 1788, there’s never been a better opportunity for First Nations peoples to flourish and secure every available progress.



Story 8

Tropical Cyclone Fletcher is bringing heavy rains and strong winds to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Communities such as Karumba, with a population of six hundred mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is on standby.

Carpentaria Mayor, Murri man Fred Pascoe says thankfully, the cyclone is only category one.

The ABC’s Kate Stephens reports.



Story 9

A PhD graduate and lawyer says her research shows that despite some of the hardships caused by Native Title, the Act has also led to new business opportunities.

Dr Leonie Kelleher says her research found that while not explicitly stated, the Native Title Act tends to discriminate against Aboriginal business, but at times creates new partnerships.

Dr Kelleher says the Act has many weaknesses and bears threats, and template agreements would empower Aboriginal businesses.


Story 10

The President of the Northern Territory Education Union has urged the Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion to tread carefully before imposing school absence limits on cultural leave.

The Minister has identified absence due to Sorry Business as one of three major reasons for school absence.

Education Union President Matthew Cranitch says the Minster must seek buy in from communities in tackling truancy.



Story 11

Award winning justice advocate Ray Jackson and other prominent human rights activists will gather in Sydney next week to commemorate the death of Aboriginal teenager TJ Hickey.

Mr Jackson says the march marks the 10 year anniversary of the death and the family is still waiting on answers.

Mr Jackson has been working closely with the family and says he’s hoping for justice and recognition.



Story 12

The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, is travelling through remote northern and central Western Australia with Warren Mundine to talk school attendance.

Minister Scullion and the Indigenous Advisory Council head were in Carnarvon yesterday, where they fielded questions and heard some children are too far behind in their education to catch up.

Senator Scullion says everything must be done to encourage even more First Nations teachers, despite concerns qualified Aboriginal teachers remain unemployed.

He says his ‘local truancy officers’ policy is a bottom-up approach.


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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