50 episodes

Hosted by Mundanara Bayles who was born and raised in Redfern (Sydney) Australia and currently lives in Queensland. The Black Magic Woman Podcast is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly First Nations people from Australia and around the world sharing their stories about their journey to highlight the diversity amongst First Nations peoples and the resilience of her people. She hopes these stories inspire her listeners and also create a better understanding of what First Nations Peoples culture and history. Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do. Mundanara makes people feel relaxed and comfortable as if they were sitting around the kitchen table just having a yarn. It’s the way First Nations people have been building relationships and getting to know each other for tens of thousands of years. She draws from a long family history in the media industry and has grown up in culturally strong, politically active family who have been at the forefront of the Aboriginal Rights movement since the 1960’s. Mundanara sees this platform as an opportunity to share her cultural knowledge and insights to her audience in a non confrontational way that brings people along with her to create change for a better Australia. To connect more with Mundanara check out the work she does with her elders at www.theblackcard.com.au.

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Hosted by Mundanara Bayles who was born and raised in Redfern (Sydney) Australia and currently lives in Queensland. The Black Magic Woman Podcast is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly First Nations people from Australia and around the world sharing their stories about their journey to highlight the diversity amongst First Nations peoples and the resilience of her people. She hopes these stories inspire her listeners and also create a better understanding of what First Nations Peoples culture and history. Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do. Mundanara makes people feel relaxed and comfortable as if they were sitting around the kitchen table just having a yarn. It’s the way First Nations people have been building relationships and getting to know each other for tens of thousands of years. She draws from a long family history in the media industry and has grown up in culturally strong, politically active family who have been at the forefront of the Aboriginal Rights movement since the 1960’s. Mundanara sees this platform as an opportunity to share her cultural knowledge and insights to her audience in a non confrontational way that brings people along with her to create change for a better Australia. To connect more with Mundanara check out the work she does with her elders at www.theblackcard.com.au.

    Sally Lawrence

    Sally Lawrence

    On episode 51 I have a deadly yarn with Sally Lawrence, in person at my studio in Coolum Beach. Sally is a non-Indigenous woman based on the Sunshine Coast, who for the past 20 years, has worked exclusively with both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within the Education context. As Manager for Indigenous Education (DET – North Coast Region), Sally’s high level professional and personal practice has made significant contributions to the Queensland Indigenous Education landscape. 
     
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    Michelle Deshong

    Michelle Deshong

    Michelle Deshong is from Townsville, North Queensland and draws here connection to Kuku Yulanji nation. 
    Michelle has worked in both the Government and NGO sectors, and has held many senior leadership roles and she currently holds a number of directorship roles in the Not for Profit sector, including the Supply Nation Board, Thirrili and the OXFAM Indigenous Advisory Council.  


    Michelle has a strong commitment to human rights and has also been an NGO representative on many occasions at the United Nations forums on the Commission on the Status of Women and Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Listen to our deadly yarn as we talk about her extensive experience in areas of leadership, governance and politics as well as her strong background in gender equality and works to ensure that the voices of Indigenous women are represented at all levels. 
     
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    Professor Roianne West

    Professor Roianne West

    On episode 49 my guest is Professor Roianne West. Professor West is a Kalkadunga and Djaku-nde woman hailing from her grandmother’s ancestral lands near Mount Isa. Professor West was Australia’s first Nursing Director in a tertiary hospital with a dedicated portfolio of Indigenous Health. Her drive to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is part of a long family tradition and includes careers of nursing spanning four generations. We yarn about her experience as a renowned leader in health, academia and research spanning more than 20 years.
     
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    Brian Warner - Kabi Kabi Traditional Owner

    Brian Warner - Kabi Kabi Traditional Owner

    On Episode 48 I have the pleasure of Brian Warner joining me in studio. Brian is a Kabi Kabi Traditional Owner and Native Title applicant here on the Sunshine Coast. He is a descendent of the Kabi Kabi and Wakka Wakka tribes on his mother's side and Barumgum on his father's side. 


    Brian previously worked for the Federal Government - for Centrelink where he won an Outstanding Public Service to the Community award. He also worked for the Australian Tax Office where he helped develop a successful Indigenous recruitment program called Evergreen. Brian’s former training is in intelligence, working as an Intelligence Officer for many years.  
    We yarn about his younger years, sporting achievements, his career in intelligence and of course his deadly work in mentoring and cultural awareness training to First Nations mob here on the Sunshine Coast.


    Contact: Email - brianwarner1974@aol.com
     
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    • 59 min
    Tony McAvoy SC

    Tony McAvoy SC

    On episode 47 I yarn to Tony McAvoy. Tony is a Wirdi man from the central Queensland area around Clermont. He is also a native title holder in his grandmother’s country around Thargomindah in southwest Queensland. 


    Tony graduated in law from QUT and was admitted as a solicitor in 1988. He was called to the Bar in NSW in 2000 and appointed as Senior Counsel in 2015. He was a Part Time Acting Commissioner on the NSW Land and Environment Court (2011-2013), was co-Senior Counsel assisting the Don Dale Royal Commission (2016-2017).  


    In 2018 he was awarded the QUT Outstanding Alumnus Award. He chairs professional committees in NSW and nationally. He has represented many successful native title claimants and been an adviser and negotiator in relation to various domestic First Nations treaty processes.  Together with Chris Ronalds SC he established the National Indigenous Legal Conference in 2006 which has been annual event held in various locations around Australia every year (except 2020). He is also a member of the Climate Ready Institute advisory council. 
     
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    • 50 min
    Bruce Pascoe - Author & Historian

    Bruce Pascoe - Author & Historian

    Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man and an award-winning Australian writer, editor, and anthologist. His works have been published nationally and internationally, and have won several national literary competitions.  His book exploring the history of Aboriginal agriculture Dark Emu : Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident? has attracted considerable attention for its discussion of land management practices in Australia prior to colonization. 

     
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    • 39 min

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