Newsletter date: 13 August 2015
* News Analysis: Stephanie Convery, Overland literary journal: Storm in a Vegemite jar
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* Audio: CAAMA Radio [and The Wire]: Vegemite Gate continues to gain attention [featuring Dr. Peter Aldred from Federation University in Melbourne]
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- News Analysis
Overland literary journal: Storm in a Vegemite jar
11 Aug 15: "The latest item of Australiana to be making memes around the world is Vegemite. Specifically, a story about how Indigenous people in some remote communities are supposedly using the yeasty foodstuff to brew up moonshine. ... But there’s a whole other section to this story: that is, the part where the Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said that Vegemite was ‘the precursor to misery’ in many Indigenous communities. Not colonialism, or intervention, or ... No, ‘the precursor to misery’ is Vegemite, and sales of it must thus be watched carefully. ... " By Stephanie Convery, the deputy editor of Overland and a Melbourne-based writer. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Overland, Meanjin, ABC’s The Drum, The Big Issue and other local and international publications.
"Overland, the most radical of Australia’s long-standing literary and cultural magazines, celebrated its 60th year in 2014. Overland’s mission is to foster new, original and progressive work exploring the relationship between politics and culture, especially literature, and to bring that work to as many people as possible. ... Overland is published by a not-for-profit organisation. It depends on its community for support. If you like what you read, please take out a subscription. http://overland.org.au/shop/subscriptions/ ... "
CAAMA Radio: Vegemite Gate continues to gain attention
Justin Fenwick, The Wire: Australia on Vegemite watch: http://thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=13038
The Wire: http://thewire.org.au/audio/12_08_Vegemite.mp3
12 Aug 15: "Australian’s are not happy little Vegemite’s after an article on the BBC’s website claiming the yeast based product Vegemite was being used by Aboriginal people on remote communities to create alcohol. The story causing outrage within the Aboriginal sector and has caused Science experts to speak out. Dr. Peter Aldred from Federation University in Melbourne told CAAMA Radio that it simply wasn’t possible to create alcohol solely from Vegemite."
"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."
Support CAAMA: 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."
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. ... "
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