Wednesday 25 October 2017

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar has told a senate estimates hearing she's proud and honoured to be the first Indigenous women to take on the role.

The Bunuba woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia spoke in her first language, telling parliamentarians her appointment sends a strong message to young Indigenous women and girls that they too can aspire to the role in the future.

“Jalangurru lanygu  balangarra Senators
Good morning to all Senators

Jalangurru gilima inggirranggu
I am delighted to here

Yaningi miya warangira ngindaji yuwa
This is my first time in here, in this room

Jalangurru gilima wilangira ngarragi ngarragi thangani Bunuba
I am honoured to address you in my first language Bunuba

Thangani wilawungay, mathawilinyagi balangarri.u ngayini jangi
I am here to help provide insights/views on people like me, Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islander people and what our thoughts are on matters of concern and how we can work together to address them,” said Commissioner Oscar.

June Oscar outlined her priorities for her term and provided details about the women and girls project she'll be working on, in partnership with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

She said the project will provide an opportunity to elevate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls.