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Close the Gap report – “Our Choices, Our Voices” (2019)

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Constitution reform to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the nations Constitution

Anangu elders perform at the Closing Ceremony, Uluru Statement of the Heart
The last few years have seen a growing feeling that the Constitution needs to be brought up to date to reflect the reality of Australia in the 21st century.

Reflections: Our Health, Our Way conference

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO addressed the AMSANT Our Health Our Way Conference in the Alice Springs on August 7. The topic was 'Personal Reflection'.

 

Jalangurru maninga balanggarri. Yaningi yatharra ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu Arrente yani U.

I acknowledge the Arrente people, and all of you and your families and elders past, present and emerging.

I want to give a special acknowledgment to all of my Kimberley mob here tonight.

Garma: Voices speech

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO addressed Garma in the Northern Territory on August 3. The topic was 'Voices'.

 

Jalangurru lanygu balangarri. Yaningi yatharra ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Gumatj, Yolngu yani U.

Galwurruy, djawa, Djapirri and your family thank you for hosting us.

Intervention on Deprivation of Liberty

I am Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. I am making this statement on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia’s ‘A status’ NHRI.’

I begin by thanking the Australian Government for supporting my Wiyi Yani U Thangani project which is enabling Indigenous women and girls to have their voices heard at the national level for the first time in 33 years.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women represent 2% of Australia’s female population but make up 34% of all women in prison.

Intervention on Violence Against Women

Thankyou Mr Vice President,

I am Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.I am making this statement on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia’s ‘A status’ NHRI.

I thank the Special Rapporteurs on Violence Against Women and trafficking for their reports.

I welcome Australia’s commitment to preventing and responding to violence against women.

Intervention on Climate Change Impacts in the Torres Strait

I am Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. I make this statement on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia’s ‘A status’ NHRI.’

I want to acknowledge the OHCHR for its report and for highlighting some of the adverse effects of climate change on Indigenous women.

I would also like to acknowledge the Australian Government for supporting my Wiyi Yani U Thangani project which is enabling Indigenous women and girls to have their voices heard at the national level for the first time in 33 years.

Maranguka Education, Employment and Training Community Summit

Acknowledgements

Jalangurru lanygu balangarri. Yaningi warangira ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Ngemba yani U. Yaningi miya ngindaji Muwayi ingga winyira ngarragi thangani.  Yathawarra, wilalawarra jalangurru ngarri guda.

 

Good day everyone. I acknowledge the traditional owners, the Ngemba peoples, of the land we meet on today. This is the first time the ears of this land hears my language. Let us meet and talk with good feeling.

 

Introduction

GBK Symposium on Regional Autonomy and Independence Gur A Baradharaw Kod (GBK) Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Torres Strait Islander Corporation

Introduction

Thank you Milton for your words of welcome. Thank you also for the blessings for a fruitful day of sharing through listening to each other and hearing each other’s’ words.

‘Hear Us, See Us’ Photo Exhibition Launch

Welcome and Acknowledgements

Jalangurru lanygu balangarri. Ngayininyanyjili Bunuba nhingi, Bunuba ngarri thangani wila ngira Yaningi. Matha wilinyagu thangani ngindaji yani u guru wiyi yani u biyirranggu ningi thangani wilawungay Yaningi.

Thank you, Ambassador Mansfield.

Welcome to you all and thank you for coming here today.

It is custom in Australia to acknowledge country. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge the First peoples of the land we gather on and pay my respects to elders past and present.