What's Up Skip? (3CR, Melbourne)

CBAA Web Articles., 18th September 2014

By Kate Elliott

  • UPDATE 18/11/2014 - this piece has been shortlisted for a Voiceless Media Award in the broadcast category

Nothing says ‘Australia’ like the kangaroo. From the 1960’s TV sensation Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, the green & gold Made in Australia logo and the Qantas flying kangaroo to indigenous dreamtime mythology.

The kangaroo is an icon that crosses generations and cultures.

You possibly even have a few kangaroo embossed dollar coins jangling around in your pocket to pay for your morning coffee.

The kangaroo is everywhere.

And yet, when was the last time you actually saw a real-life bounder; a mob of Australian kangaroos.

What's up Skip? is a radio feature that asks what is it like to be an Australian kangaroo – both loved and labelled a pest in your own homeland.

The program examines our relationship with the kangaroo and questions how our attitudes towards this native animal have shaped government policy, industry practices and media representation.

Have we all, too readily, sung along with the commercial industry's catchy tune of kangaroo meat being 'humane, necessary and sustainable’?



Fiona Corke 
Fiona Corke

Spokesperson for Australian Society for Kangaroos (ASK). ASK is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring the future of the kangaroo. 

Listen to Fiona Corke's interview about the Pukapunyal kangaroo kill on 3CR's animal advocacy show, Freedom of Species.



Eric Robert Craigie

Eric Robert Craigie



Former President of the Australian Alliance for Native Animals Survival and Gumilaroi elder from North West NSW.




Ray Mjadwesch 

Ray Mjadwesch



Ecologist and Certified Environmental Practitioner, specialising in environmental/flora/fauna management and threatened species issues. Listen to Ray's full interview as broadcast on 3CR's animal advocacy show, Freedom of Species.



Deborah Bird Rose 

Deborah Bird Rose


Professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales. Environmental Humanities encourages interdisciplinary research relating to the environment, drawing on both science and humanities. Visit Deborah's website here.





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We start by describing how the simple act of picking up a camera to film this ancient knowledge system led to the creation of Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TKRP). Then, we explain how the methods of using various media are anchored in the Indigenous sense of country and interconnectedness, embedded in the spiritual, philosophical and ideological perspectives of Traditional Knowledge. We outline processes that scaffold these methods, such as the way media is controlled by participating Indigenous communities and incorporated into practice and research in environmental management. This leads us to discussing some of the roles of different media in reflecting on practices, within and between communities, and translating and communicating across worldviews. We conclude by indicating how using media can connect people to place and inspire their reflection upon the mediation by media in these connections. We propose this provides new insights for improving media tools, training methods and approaches to solution making to issues of environmental, social and economic concern.