National Seminar Series to examine Indigenous Public Policy

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 6-8-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia Broome’s Campus is participating in a national seminar series examining Indigenous Public Policy. The series which commenced on 21 July is entitled: Indigenous Public Policy: Responses from the Ground, is concerned with Indigenous affairs policy during the period of the Howard coalition government. In particular, it focuses on the major changes to Indigenous affairs administration with the abolition of ATSIC in 2004, leading up to the Federal intervention into Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory in 2007.

The series is coordinated between the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Canberra, and Charles Darwin University (CDU).

It involves high profile presenters in Canberra and Darwin including Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Tom Calma, Queensland Liberal Party President, Mr Mal Brough and NSW Aboriginal Housing Office Chief Executive Officer, Mr Russell Taylor.

Video conferencing technology is being utilised to allow audiences in Broome, Alice Springs, Darwin and Canberra to participate in the event in real-time and also contribute to the question and answer sessions at the end of each one hour seminar. Steven Kinnane, researcher with the University’s Centre for Indigenous Studies, said the series allowed local and regional groups to engage directly with key individuals and organisations which have, and are affecting Aboriginal policy on the national scale.

“These are the individuals who have been responsible for decisions that were made thousands of miles from the Kimberley that have directly impacted on Kimberley Aboriginal communities,” Mr Kinnane said.

“Using the resources of Notre Dame we are giving people the opportunity to hear from key individuals involved in this important arena, to ask questions and participate in much needed debate.”

The weekly seminars are held on Mondays from 10.30am to 12pm in the Broome Campus library’s Kailis Room until October 20.

Media contact

Mike Doyle 9192 0668 or Steve Kinnane on 9192 0651.