UC lecture: Mick Dodson discusses Indigenous constitutional recognition

10 July 2012: University of Canberra honorary doctorate recipient Professor Mick Dodson will speak on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a public lecture at the University TOMORROW.

The lecture will cover the Federal Government’s promise to hold a national referendum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders before the next election.

Professor Dodson will discuss the issues of constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the journey towards constitutional change.

Professor Dodson was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. He is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He was named Australian of the Year in 2009.

Professor Dodson is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. He is also Director of Dodson, Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd - Legal & Anthropological Consultants, and has also served in numerous roles for the United Nations.

Chairing his lecture is Professor Jon Stanhope, director of engagement at the University’s ANZSOG Institute for Governance (ANZSIG) and former ACT Chief Minister.

Professor Stanhope said ANZSIG’s regular lunch-time public lecture series provides a neutral space for bringing together experts from academia, practice and the private sectors to problem-solve on critical governance and administrative issues.

  • Media are welcome to attend the lecture
  • Professor Dodson is available for interview

WHAT: ‘Prohibition of racial discrimination in the Australian constitution’ lecture delivered by Professor Mick Dodson, as part of the lunch-time public lecture series of the ANZSOG Institute of Governance at the University of Canberra.

WHEN: Wednesday 11 July, 12.30pm-1.30pm

WHERE: University of Canberra, building 23, level B, room 5.
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