NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 11 FEBRUARY 2014
The Online Hate Prevention Institute says governments must intervene in eliminating racist content being posted to social media sites.
The comments, from Chief Executive Andre Oboler, come with the recent removal of an Aboriginal memes page from Facebook.
That followed the uproar in 2012 over Facebook’s repeated refusal to remove a similar page, before the company reversed its decision.
Dr. Oboler says governments must provide pressure for social media sites to hastily remove ‘hate’ content.
The Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife has launched a bushfire prevention program to protect Aboriginal rock paintings in Purnululu National Park.
DPaW’s Purnululu Word Heritage Area manager Bill Dempsey says the Department will work with T.O’s to burn scrub and other potential fire fuel close the rock sites across the park to prevent bigger fires from damaging the sites.
Mr Dempsey says although the technique is nothing new it is a great step towards protecting the significant cultural sites.
A far north Queensland politician says changes by the state Government to the voting system could disadvantage our communities.
As part of an electoral reform package, the Government wants to make it compulsory for voters in state elections to provide identification on polling days.
The legislation will require people who don’t show up with ID to make a declaration vote.
Labor’s Billy Gordon, who unsuccessfully contested the Federal far north seat of Leichhardt, told Bumma Bippera Media it could unfairly target disadvantaged people.
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says they’re pleased to see indications from the Federal Government that it’s working with communities on the issue of education.
Recently, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, reached an agreement for Yolngu clan leaders, including senior man Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra, to coordinate on truancy policy.
Dr. Gondarra has urged his people to engage with the policy of employing local community members as school truancy officers.
Congress Co-Chair Les Malezer says the agreement is an example of a two-way relationship that it’s been advocating, but the Government must go further to allow communities to design their own policies.
To Western Australia,
Community workers in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Goldfields regions say homelessness among First Nations people is getting worse.
Wongi Pastor Geoffrey Stokes works with the region’s homeless.
He says Governments should review their ‘three-strikes’ policy for breaches of tenancy agreements that leave whole families homeless.
WA has the worst eviction rate of First Nations people in the nation and Pastor Stokes says the issues of evictions and homelessness is a human rights issue.
Reconciliation Australia says it’s hoping a new report into the benefits of Indigenous employment will increase government efforts to reduce joblessness.
The report, by Deloitte Access Economics, claims Australia’s economy could grow by more than one per cent if the employment gap was closed by 2031.
The growth would represent a gain of about 24 billion dollars for the economy.
Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong says the report provides a strong case for long-term investment into Indigenous employment programs.
A NSW researcher says casinos provide an inclusionary space for Indigenous gamblers in the Northern Territory but are also exploitative.
In a recent article, Dr Martin Young from the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University wrote, that Aboriginal people are likely to be moved-on in public places, when engaging in public gambling such as playing cards.
Mr Young says casinos offer a space where Aboriginal people are free from discrimination but they are also sites of economic exploitation.
Mr Young says, community-run card games can facilitate important social roles and money tends to stay within the community.
The Mayor of Palm Island, off north Queensland, Alf Lacey, says allowing the community’s only pub to sell wine and spirits will be a chance to test the waters of safe alcohol consumption by residents.
The state’s Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming has approved the sale of wine and spirits, despite for nearly 10 years only allowing light and mid-strength beer.
The Government says the decision was made consultation with the council, community and local police.
Councillor Lacey says the Palm Island Council has been promoting responsible consumption of alcohol.
To Western Australia,
A new Clontarf Foundation Academy campus in Perth has been opened, aimed at making education more accessible for Indigenous students in the area.
Some northern suburbs of Perth have high populations of Indigenous students, but very low attendance rates.
School Principal Rosalba Butterworth told NITV News the new campus, located at Girrawheen, will give students better opportunities.
Derek Nannup, a Clontarf student, says the new Girrawheen campus has opened at the most important time of their secondary education.
The Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten, is calling on the Prime Minister to clarify what support will be made available to workers at Gove Peninsula’s alumina refinery who lose their jobs.
Last year, Rio Tinto revealed it would close its north-east Arnhem operation, resulting in job losses of over a thousand.
Some reports suggest the population of Nhulunbuy will drop from 4000 to 1200 when the refinery is closed in July, affecting services for over ten thousand Indigenous residents from surrounding communities.
Mr. Shorten has visited the area and says the future of the entire town is uncertain.
He says Tony Abbott has been silent on the issue and needs to come forward with a regional support package.
One of the Federal Government’s key advisors on Indigenous Affairs says empowering communities is crucial to increasing school attendance rates.
Warren Mundine has visited communities in regional WA with the Minister Nigel Scullion to talk about reducing truancy.
He says Senator Scullion’s approach to employ local community members as truancy officers is good policy.
Michelle Tuahine | News Director
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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.
The Australia Indigenous Communication Association is also a great way of making contact with First Nations Broadcasters: