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NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 17 February 2014 

Story 1


A Gomileroi woman is campaigning for a full public inquiry into the death of her brother Eddie Murray, who died while in police custody 33 years ago.

Anna Murray was just 16 years old when, in 1981, her brother died in incarceration.

Ms Murray says she was the last person from her family to see Eddie alive.

Ms Murray alleges that NSW police officers changed Eddie’s clothes after his death, and says his original clothing could provide vital forensic evidence.



Story 2


In north Queensland, the state Member for Cook, David Kempton, says the Government will reassess its draft Cape York Regional Plan after it was widely rejected by community representatives.

Mr. Kempton released the Government’s final report on the draft plan following a public forum last month.

He told Bumma Bippera Media it was rejected for a number of reasons and will now go back to the Department of Development, Infrastructure and Planning.



Story 3


The mother of Koori teenager TJ Hickey says she’ll continue her campaign to have a memorial plaque installed at the site of her son’s death.

Gail Hickey spoke to a crowd of around five hundred at the 10th Anniversary of TJ’s passing, following an alleged police chase in Sydney’s Redfern.



Story 4

The tenth anniversary remembrance of TJ Hickey drew nearly 500 protestors for a rally from Redfern to NSW State Parliament.

At the fence line in Redfern TJ’s grandmother Bowie Hickey said that is time for some justice and closure for the family and only the police can provide this.



Story 5


To Western Australia – State Labor MP Josie Farrer says there’s little financial funding being pledged from governments toward suicide prevention strategies and to support grieving families.

The most recent research shows the suicide average among First Nations peoples has risen from 100 to 130 per annum.

Ms Farrer says her electorate, the Kimberley, has also recorded a number of incidents since Christmas.


For crisis support, call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.

Story 6


The New South Wales/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service says the nation won’t close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage if our people are continued to be incarcerated at current rates.

The ALS has echoed Labor’s calls for the Federal Government to adopt a closing the gap target relating to justice.

Northern Regional Manager Julie Perkins says she welcomes the news Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion is considering the measure.

She says justice is as high a priority as other targets relating to health, education and employment.



Story 7


A major excavation conducted during the building of the Hunter Expressway in Newcastle has revealed tens of thousands of artefacts dating back five thousand years.

Wonnarua traditional owner Laurie Perry says the artefacts, including stone tools from at least two tribes, are a significant find.



Story 8


Congress co-Chair Les Malezer says Australia has a long way journey ahead before First Nations peoples are set free from the disproportionate burden of injustice.

Speaking at the recent 10th anniversary to commemorate the death of TJ Hickey in Sydney’s Redfern, Mr Malezer says it is an indictment that police who’ve been shown to be guilty of unjust acts are rarely prosecuted or convicted.



Story 9


The CEO of the Rottenest Island Authority says he would support talks with the Noongar community to replace current plans to build a luxury hotel on the site.

Rottenest is the site where hundreds of Noongar men are reported to have died in incarceration between 1838 and 1904.

Paolo Amaranti says he doesn’t rule out the possibility of a museum replacing the hotel.



Story 10


To Queensland – A Logan woman who was Tasered by police has thanked the Murri community for their support as she recovers from her injuries.

36-year-old Sheila Oakley has reportedly lost vision in her left eye from the incident and claims police were not justified in their actions.

Ms. Oakley spoke to NITV News about the incident.



Story 11


One of Western Australia’s leading Nyungar community workers says he supports the campaign for constitutional recognition.

Ted Wilkes, Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee, is one of this year’s recipients of an Office of the Order of Australia.

Associate Professor Wilkes told Koori Radio there needs to be a clearer acknowledgement of Australia’s history.



Story 12


A senior Federal Government advisor says First Nations people will be “well on the way” to gaining a Treaty if the Prime Minister gains a second term.

Warren Mundine, Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council, says Tony Abbott is sympathetic to the idea of a Treaty.

Mr. Mundine says a Treaty would settle a number of issues for First Nations people.



Story 13

To Queensland – A member of Logan’s Murri community has backed the presence of prominent rights advocate Sam Watson in a weekend protest of Sheila Oakley’s Tasering in the eye by police.

Over a hundred people participated in a peaceful protest in the city, south of Brisbane, from Ms. Oakley’s house to the Logan police station.

After the protest, Logan Acting Superintendent Noel Powers suggested outsiders, referring to Mr. Watson, who led the march, were interfering with the police’s relationship with the community.

But Paul Butterworth, from the city’s Ganyjuu Family Support Services, says the Logan Murri community welcomes the presence of Sam Watson.


Kind Regards,

Michelle Tuahine | News Director

Gangulu/Ngati Kahungunu
NIRS | National Indigenous Radio Service
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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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