NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 12 FEBRUARY 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reportedly announce mixed and limited progress in closing the gap efforts when he gives his annual update in Parliament today.
Mr. Abbott will report there’s been no progress in the target of halving the employment gap, but the nation is on track to close the gap in child mortality.
There’s also reportedly been only limited progress in literacy and numeracy and a small improvement in life expectancy.
The Prime Minister will report the nation will need to increase its efforts to close the life expectancy gap by 2031, but the target to halve the gap for Indigenous students finishing Year 12 by 2020 will be met.
Badu Islanders in the Torres Strait are celebrating one of the biggest hand-overs of land back to traditional owners by the Queensland Government.
Aaron Smith, Editor of the Torres News was at the event on the weekend and spoke to Bumma Bippera’s Jeremy Gaia this morning.
First Nations women from around Australia are rallying together to protest against what they describe as the ‘continuing forced removal of Indigenous children from their families’.
A national rally has been planned to highlight the number of children and young people put into foster care by various government departments.
Aunty Hazel Collins is one ten founding members of the ‘Grandmothers Against Removal’ movement, based in Gunnedah in north eastern NSW.
Aunty Hazel says grandmothers can no longer be silent about the forced removal of their jarjums.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will deliver his first closing the gap report this morning.
The annual update will show Australia is still failing in a number of areas in Indigenous disadvantage.
The ABC’s Andrew Green is at Parliament House, Canberra.
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 to 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.
The Kimberley Land Council says “recognition and control” are major benefits for a traditional owner group who won back over 70 hectares of their land from the WA Government.
The Aboriginal Lands Trust has returned a large area of land between Derby (DER-by; not DAR-by) and Broome to the Nyikina Mangala people, who plan to undertake a housing project.
KLC Deputy CEO Frank Parriman says the traditional owners’ fight for the land has been a long one and has thanked the state Government for their cooperation.
The Prime Minister’s annual update on closing the gap on First Nations disadvantage will reportedly reveal there’s a significant lack of progress in the area of employment.
Tony Abbott will this morning give the speech in Parliament where he’ll report on two targets, in child mortality and Year 12 competition, are on track to be met.
There’s also been limited progress in literacy and numeracy and only a small improvement in life expectancy.
The Social Justice Commission Mick Gooda says failures in employment outcomes could be due to a lack of quality education.
The family of Logan woman Sheila Oakley is reportedly considering legal action against police officers who tasered the lady in the eye last week.
Members of the community will stage a protest in front of the local police station today, as well as a public meeting to discuss further action.
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 a 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.
Civil liberty advocates in Queensland say they have serious concerns about the use of Tasers by police in the state.
The comments come as a Murri woman and Logan resident who was struck in the eye with a Taser continues to recover.
She reportedly faces a year of treatment before it can be determined if vision in her left eye can be saved.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties President Michael Cope:
Tomorrow marks Apology Day, when six years ago then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized to members of the Stolen Generations.
CEO of the Healing Foundation Richard Weston says there will be a wide range of events across the country such as breakfasts, rallies, movie screenings and yarning circles.
Mr Weston says many individuals and communities have mixed feelings about the apology but to him it’s about healing the pain of the past.
The Indigenous Advisory Council is this week discussing ways to address the suicide crisis among our communities.
Robert Eggington, Director of the Perth-based Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, deals with suicide and self-harm regularly and says he agrees with recent research suggesting the crisis will get worse.
Mr. Eggington says he believes within the next five years, every First Nations nuclear family will be tragically impacted by suicide.
And for crisis support, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14
The Prime Minister has delivered his first annual closing the gap report this morning.
Tony Abbott has announced mixed outcomes in efforts to meet targets in health, education and employment.
Mr. Abbott has reported significantly more work is needed to close the gap in the employment rate, literacy and numeracy and life expectancy.
Mr. Abbott addressed the House of Representatives in Canberra.
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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: