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Danny Chapman

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17 May 2016

Danny Chapman is a Walbunga man from the Yuin nation and the Councillor for the South Coast at the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. He joined Amy McQuire on the programme to talk about Aboriginal cultural fishing rights in his homelands. Aboriginal people are currently being slapped with heavy fines and jail time for exercising their right to cultural fishing, and it is an issue that the NSW government is dragging its feet on resolving. That’s despite passing legislation to recognising Aboriginal cultural fishing in 2009, amendments that have not yet been enacted.


Rod Little

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12 May 2016

Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Rod Little joins Amy McQuire on the programme to talk about the Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion’s recent decision not to fund the body – the only national elected First Nations body in the country.

Mr Little spoke about the need for true representation, the way forward for Congress and the importance of treaty in the continuing constitutional reform debate.


Thom Mitchell

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08 May 2016

New Matilda’s environmental reporter Thom Mitchell joins Amy McQuire to discuss the recent blockade down at the Newcastle coal export port following on from our focus on climate change. We discuss the amount of carbon emissions Australia is exporting, and why this needs to be the focus in the upcoming election campaign.

For more of Thom’s reporting click here.


Joseph White Eyes and Larissa Baldwin

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07 May 2016

Amy McQuire is joined in the studio by Joseph White Eyes, a young Lakota man from Turtle Island (America), who has been advocating for climate justice since he was 14. He is joined by Seed campaigner and Bundjalung woman Larissa Baldwin.

To find out more about the Dakota Access Pipeline mentioned in this podcast see, this news report. And to find out more about Seed and their petition to protect country click here.


Amelia Telford

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04 May 2016

Amelia Telford is a Bundjalung and South Sea Islander woman and the founder of Seed – a climate justice campaign run by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Amelia joins Amy McQuire to discuss the Seed’s recent climate summit down in Sydney.

Specifically, they discuss the over $7 billion in subsidies the federal government has given to fossil fuel industries. Seed is currently running a petition against this. You can find out more here.

The petition reads:

“We are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to rule out any Federal Government investment, subsidies or royalty free periods for any new coal and unconventional gas projects.

As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First peoples of this land, we have a responsibility and a right to look after country as our people have for generations.

We have lived sustainably off this land since time immemorial. It is an unbroken legacy of the most successful sustainability this world has ever known. It is one unbroken chain and we refuse to be the link that breaks. This is why as young people we know we cannot sit by, we must rise to this challenge and take action.”


Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck

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03 May 2016

Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck is Queensland’s Mental Health Commissioner and joins Amy McQuire in the studio to discuss the Mental Health Commission’s community consultations to develop an action plan around Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.

The Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) was established on 1 July 2013 as a statutory body under the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013.

For more information, see the commission’s website here.


Chris Graham

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29 April 2016

Chris Graham joins Amy McQuire in the studio to discuss this week’s news… including Constitutional reform and treaty as well as New Matilda’s upcoming election coverage.


Kyllie Cripps and Jackie Huggins

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27 April 2016

Amy McQuire is joined by Dr Kyllie Cripps, Acting Director of the Indigenous Law Centre in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales and Dr Jackie Huggins, the co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples to discuss the issue of Family Violence in our communities, following on from the Royal Commission into Family Violence down in Victoria.


Bob Fuller

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26 April 2016

Bob Fuller is currently a PhD student at School of Humanities and Languages, University of NSW, researching a project in Aboriginal astronomy. He joins Amy McQuire to discuss his work looking at ‘star maps’, told to him by the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples in New South Wales.


Paul Daley

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25 April 2016

The Guardian’s Paul Daley joins Amy McQuire on ANZAC Day to talk about Australia’s myth-making, and the Frontier Wars. We discuss his work uncovering the truth behind the Light Horse Brigade at the Battle of Beersheba and how Australian history hides uncomfortable realities. Paul also tells the amazing story of Private Douglas Grant. For more on that story, check out Paul’s work here.


Glenda Humes

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22 April 2016

Glenda Humes is the daughter of Gunditjmara soldier Captain Reginald Saunders, the first Aboriginal man to be commissioned as an officer in the army. She joins Amy McQuire to talk about her father’s story in the lead up to ANZAC Day.

Captain Saunders followed in the footsteps of his father Chris Saunders – who fought in the first world war, and his uncle Reg Rawlings, who was awarded a Military Metal and fell in the line of duty.

Reg Saunders is now well-known and he is recognised with a gallery named after him at the Australian War Memorial. He joined the Greek Campaign in World War II, and fought in the famous Battle of 42nd street in Crete – his 2/7 battalion fought alongside a Maori Battalion. Captain Saunders was left behind when the British evacuated Crete in May 1941. He hid out among the locals, in fact I think one family in particular, and was evacuated by sea. He later served in New Guinea. In the Korean War, he led the C Company, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment. He had been commissioned a lieutenant in 1944 and raised to the rank of captain in Korea.

But of course, like so many other stories, when Aboriginal diggers came back from the battle field, they came back to the racist country that had been stolen from them.

We discuss what happened when Aboriginal diggers came back from war, and why the nation refuses to confront the truth of the Frontier Wars.


Tiga Tribute with Steven Oliver, Chris Graham, Archie Roach and Trevor Tim

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21 April 2016

Amy McQuire devotes the programme to the memory of Tiga Bayles, with a special poem from Steven Oliver, and reflections from Chris Graham, Archie Roach and Trevor Tim.


Tribute to Tiga Bayles

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20 April 2016

Legendary Aboriginal broadcaster Tiga Bayles presented the Let’s Talk programme for about 16 years. He passed away over the weekend. Amy McQuire opens up the phone line to listeners to pay tribute to the man who built up this radio station – 98.9 FM.

Also paying tribute are people like Michael Mansell, Wayne Wharton, Jan Hammill, Celeste Liddle, Lola Forester, Noel Pearson and many more.


David Williams

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14 April 2016

David Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. He is also one of the leading researchers in the world on the links between racism and health. He joined Amy McQuire in the studio.


Larissa Baldwin and Chris Graham

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13 April 2016

Amy McQuire is joined in the studio by Bundjalung woman and Seed campaigner Larissa Baldwin, and New Matilda editor Chris Graham, to talk about climate change and how it specifically will hurt First Nations peoples all across the world.


Adrian Brown

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12 April 2016

Adrian Brown is a Ngunnawal man who grew up in Queanbeyan and lives in Canberra. He has had a long career in the ACT Parks and Conservation, and is passionate about the hidden black history in Canberra’s suburbs.


Lara Watson

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08 April 2016

Lara Watson is a Murri Field Officer with the Queensland Council of Unions and joined Amy McQuire to talk about the Queensland government’s Stolen Wages Reparations Fund.


Christa Big Canoe and Sherene Razack

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07 April 2016

Amy McQuire speaks to Christa Big Canoe, an Anishinaabe First Nations woman from Canada, and Legal Advocacy Director of the Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto, and Sherene Razack, a feminist scholar, a professor at the University of Toronto and author of the book ‘Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody.

They are currently in Australia as part of an international research project into deaths in custodies in colonial-settler societies. We discuss the similarities and differences between the two countries, the national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, deaths in custodies, and the dehumanisation of Aboriginal women and peoples.


Prof Pat Dudgeon

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06 April 2016

Prof Pat Dudgeon is a Bardi woman from the Kimberley and the leader of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project, as well as involved with the National Empowerment Project. We spoke about the media coverage of a recent tragic suicide case, and how to report appropriately on these issues.

If you need help, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

You can find out more about the National Empowerment Project here.

Prof Mark Moran

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05 April 2016

Mark Moran is a professor at the University of Queensland and the author of a recent book “Serious Whitefella Stuff”, which analyses how Indigenous policy made so far away – in Canberra most of the time – applies to remote Aboriginal communities. Prof Moran has had years of experience working on the ground in many Aboriginal communities, but has a background in international development. He says an international developmental model should be a focus, rather than the service delivery approach common in Aboriginal policy.

The book delves into five communities – Kowanyama, Doomadgee, Mornington Island, Ali Curung and Mapoon. He demonstrates how in Aboriginal policy, solutions often become problems themselves – as each new programme “exacerbates the complexity of the social problem it seeks to solve”.

For more on the book please see the following link.

And our Triple AAA training students filmed the in-studio discussion. If you’d like to watch the full video, click here.


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