Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
Newsletter date: 8 May 2015
* CAAMA Radio: Speeches at the Alice Springs May 1st Rally Against Forced Closures of Aboriginal Communities
- Rosalie Kunoth Monks
- Trisha Morton Thomas
- Maurie Ryan
- Christa Bartjen-Westermann
- Harold Furber
- Chancey Peach
- Walter Shaw
- Marlene Hodder
* Video: CAAMA News: Alice Springs fights community closures in WA
* Photos: CAAMA: Central Australia says no to forced closures
* Audio Interview: Mikaela Simpson on Strong Voices, CAAMA Radio: "Sexual Abuse... It's Not Just In Aboriginal Communities" [Featuring Paddy Gibson, a researcher from the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning]
* Audio Interview: CAAMA Radio News: Could the Center be Next [Featuring Central Desert Regional Council CEO Cathryn Hutton]
* Video: Lorena Walker, CAAMA News: John Pilger calls WA Premier "the Big Lie" at Sydney Rally
* About CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: http://caama.com.au/
* Video: NITV News: Outrage and anger at Alice Springs rally against forced communities closure
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
* News Analysis: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: Cuts To Community Services Behind Rise In Alice Springs Crime
* News Analysis: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: White Alice Springs Vigilante Group Advertises For People With 'Firearms Experience'
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- CAAMA Radio: Speeches at the Alice Springs May 1st Rally Against Forced Closures of Aboriginal Communities
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
-- Rosalie Kunoth Monks
-- Trisha Morton Thomas
-- Christa Bartjen-Westermann
CAAMA News: Alice Springs fights community closures in WA
1 May 15
CAAMA: Central Australia says no to forced closures
1 May 15: "Hundreds of Central Australians have joined national and International protests against the forced closure of 150 remote Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia. With International support growing and rallies held as far away as Berlin, London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, it sends a clear message that the Australian Government that it needs to reconsider the proposed action of the Western Australian Government. Western Aranda women Que Kenny kicked things off by thanking people for showing their support and introducing the main speakers, before opening the floor for people to have their say."
- Audio Interview
CAAMA Radio: "Sexual Abuse... It’s Not Just In Aboriginal Communities"
7 May 15: "Claims by the Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett that child sex abuse in remote Aboriginal communities is one of the reasons they need to be closed has been widely reported in mainstream media, as were comments made by Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan supporting the premiers claims, but there is another side to this issue which is not being discussed. Paddy Gibson, a Researcher from the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning joined Mikaela Simpson on Strong Voices."
- Audio Interview
CAAMA Radio News: Could the Center be Next
7 May 15: "Moves by the Western Australian premier Colin Barnett to close hundreds of remote communities’ raises serious concerns about the future for aboriginal people. Here in central Australia the new work for the dole rules could also see large numbers of Aboriginal people being forced into regional centres to be able to meet these requirements. Central Desert Regional Council Chief Executive Offices Cathryn Hutton outlines some of the councils concerns."
Lorena Walker, CAAMA News: John Pilger calls WA Premier "the Big Lie" at Sydney Rally
5 May 15
- About CAAMA
"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."
"Why donate?: We are committed to creating and sustaining the Indigenous Language and Cultures of Australia, creating employment opportunities for indigenous people in radio and film and communicating information to the indigenous peoples to assist them to live a full and healthy life. Through supporting CAAMA, you can help us train indigenous radio broadcasters, musicians and other positions in the film industry such as directors, writers, and photographers. ... "
NITV News: Outrage and anger at Alice Springs rally against forced communities closure
5 May 15: "In the Northern Territory, there are fears that there could be a repeat of the community closures planned for W.A. The concerns and the anger were apparent at a rally in Alice Springs. This report from our CAAMA colleague Mikaela Simpson."
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 6 May 2015)
- News Analysis
New Matilda: Cuts To Community Services Behind Rise In Alice Springs Crime
6 May 15: "A recent rise in anti-social behaviour is due in part to a lack of government investment, says a local councillor. The emergence of vigilante-style "paramilitary" forces recruiting members with "firearms experience" to threaten Aboriginal youth suspected of rock-throwing and vandalism shows that Alice Springs needs a proper community response to help keep vulnerable kids safe, according to the town council’s only Aboriginal councillor. ... " By Amy McQuire, a Darumbul woman from central Queensland. Amy McQuire is the former editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker.
Amy McQuire - New Matilda
- News Analysis
New Matilda: White Alice Springs Vigilante Group Advertises For People With 'Firearms Experience'
5 May 15: "A group calling themselves the 'Alice Springs Volunteer Force' have upped the ante as racial tensions increase in Central Australia. Amy McQuire reports. Alice Springs residents who have "firearms experience" and are "willing to teach others" are being encouraged to join a vigilante-style ‘paramilitary’ force in yet another violent threat to Aboriginal youth accused of rock throwing, property damage and vandalism in the troubled Central Australian town. ... " By Amy McQuire
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