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Aboriginal Rainforest Council

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22 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Russell Butler who is the Chairman of the Aboriginal Rainforest Council and Dean Purcell who originally started off as one of the negotiators for the Aboriginal Rainforest Council. Dean has now worked for the Jobs and Shire Council for Pets and Weed Management Board and the River Catchment. Throughout this interview they cover topics involving Cyclone Larry, Indigenous people who should be involved in natural disasters, the Aboriginal Rainforest Council and more.

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Dick Estens

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21 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Dick Estens who is from the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES). Dick tells us about the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, his ideas and goals were, business it self, he tells us why AES had been so successful, Aborignal businesses, the AES 10th Birthday and much more.

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Judy Atkinson

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20 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Indigenous activist and academic, and head of Southern Cross University's Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Professor Judy Atkinson. She teaches the motto 'the teacher and the taught together create the teaching'.
In this interview she talks about the Gnibi College, she also shares a story about racism, education, alcohol, history of Aboriginal life, Louis Nowra's book an Indigenous University and more.

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Tom Calma

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19 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Tom Calma who is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. Mr Calma is an Aboriginal elder and has been involved in indigenous affairs at local, community, state, national and international level and has worked in the public sector for over 30 years.
In this interview Tom Calma talks about Community Housing and Infrastructure Program (CHIP), Minister Brough's comments he ahd mad last week blaming the previous ATSIC organisation for SHIP's failure to improve Indigenous housing, economic development, human rights, Indigneous health, the 40th Anniversary of the Referendum and more.

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Alf Lacey

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16 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Alf Lacey who is the Coordinator of the Palm Island Mens' Group and a former Chairperson of the Palm Island as a young man. He then talks about the changes and struggles that are now in Palm Island.

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Wuchopperen Health Service

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15 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Dr Mark Wenitong who is the President of Indigenous Doctors' Association, and Medical Director of Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns. Dr Mark Wenitong os of Kabi Kabi tribal decent and is the Senoir Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns NQ. He is a Senior Lecturer at James Cook University, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences. He is also founding member, and current President, of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. His main interests lie with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, including chronic disease and substance abuse but he has worked for various overseas aid organisations, including PHC in East Timor. He is currently engaged in a research project addressing cigarette smoking in Indigenous Antenates. Dr Mark Wenitong sits on the NHMRC Health Advisory Committee, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service. In this interview he talks about how he became a doctor at such a late age, his role at the Wuchopperen Health Service, the differences between traditional/cultural medicine and western medicine, how to gain a healthier lifestyle and more.
Tiga Bayles also interviews Joe Degreese who is the Cooridinator of Programs at the Wuchopperen Health Service. She talks about programs that involve sexual health, nutrition, womens health, pregnancy and life style health.
Tiga Bayles also interviews Noel Rove who is the Coordinator of the Eye Health Program. He coordinates between the surgeons and optometrists and 13 communities within the area. He talks about his job and what he has to do for people in communities who have a serious problem with eye sight.

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14 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Johnathon Link who works with the Royal Flying Doctors. He talks about his role in the Royal Flying Doctors and tells us also about him supporting the Mens' Group in Kawanyama.
Josie Creek who is a councellor also is interviewed by Tiga Bayles. Josie Creek works with varies services such as RFDF, CLINIC and services that come in town such as; drug and alcohol, child and youth mental health, child safety and also with the Womens' Group. Josie talks about councelling as a job.
Tiga Bayles also interviews Steven Kepper who is the RIBS coordinator at 4KO in Kowanyama. Steven Kepper engages and trains students at the local school and provides content for the BIMA Health Community projects. Elders also get involved in 4KO radio station at Kowanyama.

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Chris Graham

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13 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham who is the Editor of the National Indigenous Times. The National Indigenous Times are celebrating their 6th Birthday.
In this interview they talk abit about Anthony Mundine, NIT article issues on sex slaves in the Japanese war, housing crisis in Indigenous communities, the Northern Territory Title and much more.

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Nyikina Language Project

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09 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Colleen Hattersley who is a writer. Tiga also interviews Anne and Ian Poelina who are on the phone from Broome in W.A.
Anne is the Managing Director of Madjulla Inc. Madjulla Inc have produced an educational cd about the language and culture of the Nyikina people from Derby W.A. Madjulla was the Indigenous corporation who stuck with the project and saw it through to fruition, the idea of the cd being was to raise money to assist them in preserving their language/s in particular. Colleen and Ian have worked on the project with Madjulla.

If you would like a copy of the Birrajarkoo CD please visit their website:

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Boni Robertson

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08 March 2007

Tiga Bayles interviews Boni Robertson who is the Associate Professor of Indigenous Policies and director of the Gumurri Centre at Griffith University.

In this interview Boni talks about International Womens' Day and what it means to her. Aunty Ruth who is an Indigenous elder tells us about her thoughts on International Womens' Day. Both Boni and Aunty Ruth also talk about the 40th Anniversary of the Referendum.

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