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1. Introduction

00:00 Start of Chapter

[Title Sequence]

01:21 Commentary

The launch of the domestic satellites in the 1980s made TV accessible across the whole of Australia. This has now sparked off a furious debate on the role and potential of television in the lives of Aboriginal people – the continents first inhabitants. 

01:54 Freda Glynn

Director, CAAMA

There’s so much magic in that satellite – there’s so much you could do. And it’s never been used for what it was set up for. 

02:03 Voya Rajic – Head of Production, SBS TV

No one should stop people from Indigenous cultures – or from any other culture for that matter – to have access to the most modern innovations, or most modern inventions.

02:16 Dion Weston

Station Manager, Imaparja TV

There is a finite resource called ‘satellite time’, and it must be used in a responsible way. 

02:22 Horace Winitja – P.Y. Media Committee

We think this way about white peoples’ media: if our children watch it continuously they will get white people’s heads.

02:37 Rhoda Roberts

Producer, SBS TV

Television has had a very destructive effect on our society, Aboriginal society. All our children do is turn on the screen and see a negative image of what they should be like. 

02:48 David Hill

Managing Director, ABC

You don’t want tokenism, where you’ve got white television film-makers pretending to represent the interests and the needs on Aboriginal matters. 

02:58 Philip Batty

Deputy Director, CAAMA

The instrument we have in our hands, I think is the most powerful instrument Aboriginal people have ever been handed, in terms of maintaining Aboriginal culture and languages, ever. 

03:11 Commentary

The last 200 years have seen Aboriginal communities, culture and languages devastated by European invasion. Aboriginal people now form only 2% of Australia’s population of 17 million. About half of them live in the coastal cities, whilst the remaining half pursue a more traditional lifestyle in remote communities. Both in the cities and the bush, Aboriginal people are finding a wide range of uses for television to reclaim their culture and assert their identity. 

03:43 Philip Batty

Deputy Director, CAAMA

Community control, local control, is extremely important, it’s fundamental. And to actually facilitate real local control and real access by people you have to have some kind of management, or some kind of instrumentation, that allows that to happen. 

04:02 End of Chapter