Practical Justice Initiative Indigenous Lecture Series: June Oscar AO
9 November 2017, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Ritchie Theatre, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
June Oscar AO, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Realising our rights: Symbolism and substance in Indigenous Affairs
For too long, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues have languished in the political landscape. Whilst there have been some key achievements to be proud of, there is much to be done to realise the rights of Indigenous peoples across Australia.
Reports, inquiries and anniversaries have become the norm in Indigenous Affairs, but the challenge of substantive action remains.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO will outline her vision for the future and in doing so will cite key challenges and opportunities for change. This will include a focus on current aspirations around Constitutional reform and issues such as Indigenous incarceration, income management and healing.
June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberly region. She was appointed as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in February 2017. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
June has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. In 2015 she received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD and in 2013 she was a winner of the ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category.
She has held many influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, Chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service, Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD and in 1990 was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.
5.00pm - 5.30pm Doors open
5.30pm - 7.00pm Lecture
7.00pm - 7.30pm Reception
This is a free event but registration is essential.