Tiga Bayles

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Harold James Phillip "Tiga" Bayles (6 October 1953 – 17 April 2016) was an Australian radio presenter and indigenous rights activist.

Indigenous rights

Indigenous rights are those rights that exist in recognition of the specific condition of the indigenous peoples. This includes not only the most basic human rights of physical survival and integrity, but also the preservation of their land, language, religion, and other elements of cultural heritage that are a part of their existence as a people. This can be used as an expression for advocacy of social organizations or form a part of the national law in establishing the relation between a government and the right of self-determination among the indigenous people living within the borders of Canada, or in international law as a protection against violation of indigenous rights by actions of governments or groups of private interests.

Bayles was raised in Theodore, Queensland, and was the son of Maureen Watson. With his mother, Bayles established Radio Redfern, an indigenous radio program on Sydney community station Radio Skid Row. In 1982, he was involved with the Aboriginal movement protests around the 1982 Commonwealth Games. [1]

Theodore, Queensland Town in Queensland, Australia

Theodore is a town and a locality in the Shire of Banana, Queensland, Australia. It was established as part of Queensland Premier Ted Theodore's ambitious Dawson River Irrigation Scheme. At the 2011 census, Theodore had a population of 452.

Maureen Watson, also known as "Aunty Maureen", was an avid supporter of Aboriginal rights in Australia, as well as a world renowned actor, vocalist, writer, musician and storyteller.

Radio Skid Row is a community radio station based in Marrickville, broadcasting to the Inner West suburbs of Sydney. This includes the municipalities of Leichhardt, Marrickville and the City of Sydney.

Moving back to Brisbane, Bayles helped establish the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) which operated the radio station 98.9 FM (Brisbane), with the guidance of his uncle Ross Watson. Bayles hosted the program Let's Talk which discussed issues relevant to First Nations people. [2]

98.9 FM is a community radio station that caters to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in metropolitan Brisbane, Queensland.

Bayles died of cancer on 17 April 2016, aged 62. [1]

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  1. 1 2 "Tributes flow for Brisbane radio presenter Tiga Bayles". Brisbane Times. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. "Legendary First Nations Broadcaster Tiga Bayles Passes Away, Aged 62". New Matilda. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.