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Radio Atticus 1 December 2011

Part two of the story of an Aboriginal family and their ordeal, why are Australia’s rates of organ donation so low? And female MPs mandated for Papua New Guinea parliament.

Part two of our story about police powers of arrest and the effect of such arrests on one Aboriginal family. Members of the Hickey family faced charges in Parramatta courthouse earlier this year. Last week we heard from Patricia Hickey, the aunt of deceased Sydney aboriginal youth TJ Hickey, who died in contentious circumstances in Sydney in 2004, his death sparking a Redfern riot and a debate about whether the police were pursuing him. In this case, the Hickey family’s ordeal began when police arrived at their door in response to multiple noise complaints. In the second part of this story, we hear more from Prue Bergen, treasurer of the police association of NSW, about arrest techniques.

Reporter: Amarande Chauvet


  1. Patricia Hickey, Leticia Hickey’s mother.
  2. Aj Karim, solicitor at the Aboriginal legal services
  3. Prue Bergen of the NSW Police Association

Australians pride themselves on giving. The response to the natural disasters this year in Queensland proved that. But when it comes to giving the gift of life, Australians aren’t as generous as we might like to think. Compared to other developed countries, Australia’s track record of organ donation is poor. But why is it so?

Reporter: Justin Ellis

1. Holly Northam, assistant professor of critical care nursing at the university of Canberra.

A bill has been passed in Papua New Guinea’s parliament which creates 22 new seats exclusively for women. Dame Carol Kidu, the only current female parliamentarian, has been pushing for the bill for over six years. With the support of the current government, it passed with only two dissenting votes.

 Reporter: Farah Ahmed


1. Dr Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes – Professor of Women’s Studies and Development Studies at Fliders University

2. Dr. Diann Rogers Healy – Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women .
3. Dr. Sharon Bessell – Researcher at Australian National University
4. Orovu Sepoe – Advisor for the Center for Democratic Instituions’ Women Candidate Training in Papa New Guinea

Radio Atticus 24 November 2011

This week on Radio Atticus we bring you the story of an Aboriginal family and their ordeal, and the mining community in conflict over preserving sacred sites.

This story involves an Aboriginal family and their ordeal. The Hickey family in Riverstone NSW faced court this year for charges they received during a confrontation with NSW Police at their home. In this two part story we hear from the family, their lawyer, and Prue Bergen of the NSW Police Association.

Reporter: Amarande Chauvet


  1. Patricia Hickey, Leticia Hickey’s mother.
  2. The Hickey’s lawyer.
  3. Prue Bergen of the NSW Police Association

The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation is pushing the Federal government to protect heritage sites from Fortescue’s (FMG) Solomon mining project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. They say the sacred sites and heritage areas which date back thousands of years are being destroyed by the mining. The Australian Greens have also written to the Environment Minister, asking for an urgent response to the application which calls for emergency protection. But not everyone in the region is against the project, with one part of the Yinjibarndi Corporation holding a land access agreement with FMG.

Reporter: Melissa Lahoud

1. Charmaine Adams, Yindjibarndi woman from the Wirlu Murra group

2. Michael Woodley – CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
3. Peter Meurs – Director of Development at FMG
4. Professor Jon Altman – Australian National University and Simon Hawkins – 4. Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation

Radio Atticus Summer Edition 3 February

Sniffer dogs – salvation or intimidation? Commander Donna Adney of the Surry Hills police station gives us her views on sniffer dogs, and know your rights with the Young Lawyers.

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Radio Atticus Summer Edition: Thursday 16 December

Intoxication and the law – how does it work, and what’s at stake? Random breath testing for pedestrians: the push to take the breathalyzer off our roads and onto the footpath. And when an innocent night out, becomes an expensive brush with the law.