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Indigenous Futures

The Victoria Institute is holding the third of the 'Controversies' seminars on Thursday 7 June 2012 at the City Flinders campus of Victoria University.

Guest speakers are educator Dr Chris Sarra and barrister Andrew Boe. Both strong advocates in the Aboriginal rights arena, they will consider a range of controversies surrounding 'Indigenous Futures'.

Karina Carvalho, Presenter of the ABC's News Breakfast program, will host the discussion and take audience questions.

Dr Chris Sarra, Director, The Stronger Smarter Institute and 2010 Queensland Australian of the Year asks how the Federal Government can spend billions of dollars on indigenous policy and still get it wrong.

He believes that the over-arching policy failure of Australian governments has dishonoured Aboriginal people who have been forced to tolerate circumstances that would never be tolerated by white Australians.

Andrew Boe, the lawyer who represented the Palm Island community in the death in custody case of 2004-2008 will describe some of the lessons learnt from the associated events on Palm Island. He is also appearing for some indigenous defendants in Western Australia including one case concerning the imposition of 'traditional punishment', which led to a death; bringing into sharp focus the conflicting legal environment facing some indigenous people.

The event is being held at Victoria University, City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne from 6 – 7:30pm.

Media are welcome to attend


Media contact:

Christine WhitePublic Affairs Unit, Victoria University, 9919 4322; 0434 602884; [email protected]

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