Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people die earlier and have infinitely worse health, education, economic and employment outcomes than white Australians. What is being done to help, and what more can we do?
Last month, fifty years after Australia voted overwhelmingly in support of a referendum recognising Aboriginal people, an historic summit of Aboriginal leaders at Uluru has categorically rejected further constitutional recognition. They have requested instead a process leading to a treaty between the Commonwealth and the nation’s first people. The three days of talks have produced what’s been called the Uluru Statement of the Heart, which also calls for the creation of a new representative body reporting to federal parliament. What does this mean, and what happens next? What impact does all of this have for all Australians.
Meet Andrea Mason. Andrea is not only CEO of the NPY Womens Council in Alice Springs, current NT Australian of the Year, and the current Telstra National Businesswoman of the Year but she has recently been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Indigenous Affair. She is currently in Sydney until the end of the year gaining corporate insight through a secondment to Westpac, and is happy to come and talk to Conversely about the challenges that lie ahead for our indigenous people.
All proceeds from this event go to Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, of which Andrea is the chief executive. NPY works across a 350,000 square kilometre area of Central Australia helping to empower women and their families.