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Becoming Super Cuz

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Koori Radio Broadcaster (KRB)

Koori Radio is coming to you live and deadly from Yabun, where the biggest corroboree for the year is happening right here at Victoria park.

Sound of girls screaming and a general buzz through crowd

KRB

There’s something going on over there listeners. It sounds like something exciting. Lucky Koori Radio is here to report to you live on the spot.

Stay with me listeners, I’ll just see what’s going on.

Sounds of pushing, crowd jostling.

KR Broadcaster starts speaking politely and gradually grows to be agitated.

Excuse me, Koori Radio coming through, Excuse me 93.7fm here, can you please get out of my way?

Teenage Girls

He’s name is Cuz,

He’s a super bruz,

He knows his job,

And he helps his mob.

KRB

Shouting over noise

Super Cuz! Super Cuz! Over here!

It’s Koori Radio, Cuz!

Girls

Swooning

Super Cuz! Super Cuz!

Super Cuz

Excuse me ladies, I’ve got to talk to the media.

A super hero never rests.

Girls

Swooning

Yes, Super Cuz.

KRB

I’ve found the reason for all that excitement listeners.

K’ville’s own super hero is here today at Yabun.

Over the years we’ve seen all sorts of famous mob here, but today we’ve got someone really special.

(dreamily) The most dreamiest man in our town.

(quickly corrects herself) I mean, the deadliest man in our town.

Say hello to our listeners Super Cuz.

Super Cuz

Hey, all you mob out there in radio land, this is the Cuz!

KRB

And what brings you here today Cuz?

Super Cuz

I wanted to hear all the deadly music and check out what’s in the big tents.

But mainly to see all my mob.

KRB

Yabun has grown so much in the last few years, what do you think of it now?

Super Cuz

It’s a special day on the Koori calendar.

And you know listeners, like Kev Carmody says, from little things big things grow.

KRB

Just like you Cuz.

How did you grow into a super hero?

When did you realise that you had something special?

Super Cuz

It was a long time ago Sis, back when I was young.

A time when I was just like every other young boy around here.

All I wanted to do was play footy, chase girls, party, whatever.

Laughs

You know how it is (pauses), but then something happened.

KRB

(In awe) What happened Super Cuz?

Super Cuz

I learnt a valuable lesson.

KRB

What do you mean?

Super Cuz

I remember it well, it was a hot steamy day.

Outside it was like an oven, and in our house, it wasn’t much different.

My cousin rang up and said he was goin’ to the pool.

I said I’d meet him and the others outside the takeaway.

His girlfriend wanted to get a feed first.

KRB

Yeh, they make good hamburgers, lots of…

Quickly corrects herself

Oh I mean, go on Super Cuz.

Super Cuz

When I got there, the boys were mucking around with the footy and waiting for the girlfriend and her mates.

And just when I was demonstrating my deadly side step

Police 1

Hey boys, we’re investigating a report of a break and enter.

Cousin

We’re just waiting for my girlfriend.

Super Cuz

We’re just playing footy.

Boy 2

We’re just having a bit of fun.

Police 1

Well I’ll tell you what’s not fun.

Looking for a couple of young fullas just like you, were seen running from a car that they broke into about 15 minutes ago.

Do you boys know anything about that?

Boys

at same time

No way!

No way!

Not us!

Police 1

What’s your names boys?

Boy 1

We didn’t do anything.

Police 2

We’re not saying you did, we’re just asking for your names.

Police 1

Or we could just take you all up to the station.

Cousin

Oh, this is shame, my girlfriend’s gonna see this and think I’m trouble.

Police 2

Your names boys.

Boy 2

We done nothing wrong. Why should we have to give you our names?

Police 2

We are investigating a crime if you don’t tell us your name you can be charged with failing to provide particulars to a police officer.

Boy 2

You can’t do that.

Police 1

Yes we can.

If we suspect that you’ve been involved in or witnessed an offence, you have to tell us your names.

Police 2

And those sunnies look pretty flash. Where did you buy those?

Just then, an older Aboriginal man sings out to the boys

Koori Man

Ay, you boys alright?

Boy 1

Unc, these fullas reckon we’ve been involved in a crime.

Cousin, Super Cuz, Boy 2

All boys start talking on top of each other

And we wasn’t!

We never done anything.

They reckon some boys broke into a car not long ago….and we’ve been here for over 30 minutes.

We never done nothing.

They asked what our names were.

Koori Man

(is now closer to the boys and police)

So officers what’s this all about?

Police 1

A car was broken into on Smith St and we’re investigating it.

Koori Man

Well boys the law says that if the police suspect on reasonable grounds that you may be able to assist them to investigate a serious offence, then they can ask you your names and addresses.

Police 1

Now about those sunnies…where did you buy them?

Koori Man

Boys the law is very clear - you should give the police your name and address to help them in their job, but if the police ask you any more questions, you don’t have to answer them.

Boy 2

But can they take us to the station if we don’t answer?

Koori Man

You don’t have to go to the station unless you’re arrested.

If you end up arrested, you should speak with a lawyer before you answer any questions.

Boy 1

Why a lawyer? We haven’t done anything.

Koori man

Boys, when the police arrest you it’s not a game.

Now boys, if this ever happened and I’m not around, remember, this is what you do. You should ask the police to call a lawyer for you at the Aboriginal Legal Service, and ask them to do it from the station. Or instead, you could call the Legal Aid Youth hotline on 1800 10 18 10. sounds like two different people talking

KRB

And just like that the coppers went away?

SC

Yeah, just like that.

That old Unc, really knew his stuff. If he hadn’t come up, we might have been in big trouble.

KRB

Deadly, what a guy!

Super Cuz

Yeah, he was the reason I took up the fight for truth and justice.

KRB

And what about the old fulla?

SC

One minute we saw him, the next minute he was gone.

I’ve never seen him since.

KRB

Was he a ghost?

SC

Laughs put laughs on top of each other

We’ll never know…we’ll never know.

Girls Screaming

Super Cuz! Super Cuz!

Girls

Chant from beginning starts again

He’s name is Cuz,

He’s a super Bruz,

He knows his job,

And he helps his mob.

Hey all you mob listen up! My name is Lauren and I’m from LawAccess NSW.

We’re a telephone service that can give ya some free legal information or refer you to another service, like Legal Aid NSW or the Aboriginal Legal Service that may be able to help ya.

So give Law Access NSW a call on 1300 888 529 and ask to speak to an Aboriginal officer if ya want some help!

But if you’re in trouble, call the legal aid youth hotline on 1800 10 18 10, that’s 1800 10 18 10.

Brought to you by Legal Aid NSW.