Newsletter date: 18 September 2015
* Analysis / Opinion: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: Bright Spark, Black Day: The Political Obituary Of The Prime Minister For Indigenous Affairs
* Audio Interview: CAAMA Radio: Michael Mansell shares a few home truths with our new PM
* Audio: Justin Fenwick, The Wire: Opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Cabinet reshuffle [featuring Michael Mansell, Les Malezer & Nova Peris]
* Media Release of 15 Sep 15: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress to test Prime Minister's commitment
* Media Release of 17 Sep 15: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Prime Minister commits to engage with First Peoples
* Bio: Amy McQuire - New Matilda: https://newmatilda.com/users/amy-mcquire
* About: New Matilda - About Us: https://newmatilda.com/about-us
* About CAAMA: http://caama.com.au/
* About The Wire: http://www.thewire.org.au/about.aspx
* About: Congress - About Us: http://nationalcongress.com.au/about-us/
* WGAR Background to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
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- Analysis / Opinion
New Matilda: Bright Spark, Black Day: The Political Obituary Of The Prime Minister For Indigenous Affairs
15 Sep 15: "Here lies Tony Abbott, a man who did more for media noise and white aspirations for black people than any before him. Amy McQuire reports. Last night, the Liberals laid to rest our Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Anthony John ‘Tony’ Abbott was said to be a man passionate about the nation’s First Peoples, a politician who was more than happy to give up the cold but cosy comfort of Canberra to rough it once a year in a remote Indigenous community, provided of course it was one with a backdrop beautiful enough to distract from the fact he was doing nothing except ringing up a huge taxpayer-funded travel bill. ... " By Amy McQuire, a Darumbul woman from central Queensland. Amy McQuire is the former editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine.
- Audio Interview
CAAMA Radio: Michael Mansell shares a few home truths with our new PM
15 Sep 15: "Veteran Tasmanian Aboriginal leader Michael Mansell says a conversation with new Prime MInister Malcolm Turnbull is an opportunity the Aboriginal community needs to take up. Mr Mansell says in the last decade or so the Aboriginal movement has been in absolute fear of beating any of the important issues which will improve things."
The Wire: Opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Cabinet reshuffle
Produced by Justin Fenwick; featuring Michael Mansell, Les Malezer & Nova Peris
16 Sep 15: "Various Aboriginal activists believe the Federal Cabinet reshuffle could put the Indigenous Affairs Portfolio into different hands and enable opportunities for Aboriginal people to have their voices heard. But others are concerned it could bring about the reinstatement of an interventionist government."
Featured in story:
Michael Mansell, Veteran Aboriginal Rights Campaigner
Les Malezer, Co-Chair at National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
Nova Peris, NT Labor Senator
- Media Release of 15 Sep 15
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress to test Prime Minister's commitment
15 Sep 15: "The national elected representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has called on the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to meet urgently with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives to establish a sound relationship based on respect and trust.
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) has amongst its 180+ organisational members the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies for health, legal services, family violence, native title, education, disability, the Stolen Generations and more.
Congress Co-Chairs Les Malezer and Kirstie Parker said this week’s leadership change requires the Australian Government to redefine its relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It comes at a time when many key issues were too far adrift or stagnating.
Those issues include: ... "
- Media Release of 17 Sep 15
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Prime Minister commits to engage with First Peoples
17 Sep 15: "The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) today held an urgent meeting in Canberra of its members encompassing national and peak bodies in health, legal services, family violence, education, disability, the Stolen Generations and more to discuss and consider the implications and opportunities arising from the change in Prime Minister from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull.
This important group within Congress – the national elected representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples – is pleased to have received from Mr Turnbull’s office an assurance of the Prime Minister ’s "very earnest commitment to meet with the elected representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples at the earliest possible opportunity."
"Congress commends Mr Turnbull for his commitment to engage with our representatives as a matter of priority," said Congress Co-Chairs Les Malezer and Kirstie Parker. ...
Today’s meeting was attended by the following organisations, ... "
Amy McQuire - New Matilda
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"The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an association regulated under the Incorporations Act , and its objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic advancement of Aboriginal peoples. ... CAAMA produces media products that engenders pride in Aboriginal culture, while informing and educating the wider community of the richness and diversity of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia."
About The Wire
"The Wire is a daily current affairs program broadcast exclusively on Community and Indigenous radio stations around Australia. More than 5 million people across Australia can tune into any weekday, and while the numbers are big, The Wire has perhaps the most diverse audience for any individual program in any media sector. The Wire is available via the Community Radio Network satellite and the CAAMA Radio satellite to more than 200 stations in city, regional, rural and remote communities, including many remote Indigenous communities and including places with no other broadcast media."
Congress - About Us
[Photo] "The Congress National Board of Directors (Top Row: L-R) Les Malezer (Co-Chair), Kirstie Parker (Co-Chair), Rod Little, Venessa Curnow. (Bottom Row: L-R) Daphne Yarram, Gerry Moore, Tammy Solonec, Mark McMillan."
"The Congress was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in April 2010. As a company the Congress is owned and controlled by its membership and independent of Government."
WGAR Background to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
(last updated: 8 May 2014)
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