Friday 12 February 2010

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Cathy Branson QC, has welcomed Mr Mick Gooda who commenced his five-year term with the Commission as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner last week.

Ms Branson said she looked forward to working with Commissioner Gooda who was bringing to the role more than 25 years experience in Indigenous affairs.

“On behalf of myself and Commissioners Broderick and Innes, I welcome Mick to our human rights family and know he will be a strong and tireless advocate in protecting the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Commissioner Gooda is a descendant of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Mr Gooda was a member of the Western Australian Premier's Advisory Council on Racial Discrimination and has extensive knowledge of the diversity of circumstance and cultural nuances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia.

Mr Gooda is the Australian representative on the International Indigenous Council which focuses on healing and addictions. He also has a keen interest in the Lateral Violence Program in Canada and has been working closely with the First Nations people of Canada on the relevance of this program to Australia.

“The Australian Human Rights Commission looks forward to the insights and perspectives Mick brings to the role from his many years of advocacy on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Ms Branson said.

Commissioner Gooda's office is based in Sydney at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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