5 thoughts on “Murri Radio

  1. An excerpt from an International Womens Day message from Fiona Noble.

    She asked me to distribute this message which can be found in full here…. http://paradigmoz.wordpress.com/2008/03/13/guest-post-international-womens-day-2008-by-fiona-noble/

    “I am writing today to urge non-Indigenous women in this country to get real about who they are in this country, to be responsible for what has happened and what is continuing to happen. I urge all non-indigenous women who want to stop the Northern Territory Intervention, who want to see the social and economic conditions of Indigenous people improve, I urge you, to stop seeing your selves as saviours – you aren’t.

    You are in fact the ones who need saving. Non-Indigenous people in this country are ‘rubbish people’ – no law, no dreaming. The only way this can be rectified is to acknowledge Aboriginal sovereignty, and to do Treaty, and I mean ‘do’ Treaty, not wait for it to come and get dropped in your lap. “Faith without action is blasphemy”!”

  2. Did anyone see the SBS insight program tonight? – On the N.T. intervention. (Tue 18/3/07)

    A very complicated and diverse range of N.T. Aboriginal opinions. Most seemed dissatisfied with aspects of the intervention but also supported particular aspects of it and seemed to think things were a bit better because of it.

    It is interesting that Barbara Shaw, the most outspoken opponent of the intervention was demanding more police in communities and complaining that the intervention has not provided this, and Sue Gordon, the head of the intervention saying that family workers are more needed to deal with child abuse than police are.

    It is clear that slogans such as “Stop the racist intervention” do not represent the N.T. Aboriginal perspective. Not only are the different aspects of the intervention complicated, but different communities have different perspectives on each of these aspects. No slogan other than “self determination” is relevant to what is going on.

    Greg Eatoch from the national Aboriginal alliance spoke against the intervention on the basis of the legislation being inherently flawed because of the dismissal of the racial discrimination act. I don’t know what the editors cut out of his comment, it did seem to be cut short, but this appeal to “justice” seemed very weak compared to the demands for specific programs and structures being demanded by the N.T. Aboriginal people.

    “By any means necessary” seems to be the ideological position of the N.T. people who weigh up principled notions of justice with the grief and pain of daily existence, and the partial relief that has come through such things as grog restrictions, welfare quarantining and increased policing.

    It seems to me the struggle is not an ideological argument for and against the intervention. The struggle is about building a cohesive sociology and collective power in Aboriginal Australia – by any means necessary.

  3. There have been complaints that that SBS have been selectively biased in their production of the insight program.

    It did seem one sided to me and as mentioned above i wonder what else spokespeople such as Greg Eatoch said that was edited out.

    However, I stand by what I said because what the insight program indicates, biased or not, is that there is no N.T. Aboriginal consensus about the intervention in the N.T.

    ALP M.P. Alison Anderson pleaded with Jenny Macklin to continue with the intervention. While Anderson has (I assume) reconciled her own opinion with her party’s and Macklin’s, she has been consistent in her position since the intervention began. Alison is an Aboriginal person elected of a predominantly Aboriginal electorate and she has maintained close consultation with elders and leaders amongst her constituency. It is wrong to say she is the servant of some white agenda in supporting the intervention.

    I see it as very problematic for white supporters to be taking sides in Aboriginal arguments from a position of detatched ideological loyalties. The problems are complex, the solutions are complex, the various different Aboriginal responses are complex. (An example being Barbara Shaws call for more policing of NT communities). Simplistic slogan based campaigns and demands for some liberal notion of justice may reinforce the campaigns and organisations that profess political support to Aboriginal Australia. But such barracking is at best irrelevant to the Aboriginal struggle in the NT (and Cape York) and at worst a destructuve distraction from addressing the real issues that need to be addressed.

  4. Hi There

    Can you tell me when Murri Radio was first established and approx how many listeners you have, I am doing research.

    Thank you

    Della Rae

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