New South Wales Department of Education and Training.
Research themes Specialising in languages and cultural expression, native title and traditional ownership, education and cultural transmission, governance. Title Encumbrances and Land Dealings Information and standard terms for positive covenant and restriction on the use of land.
Winners Profiles . It was during her 1. Indigenous people. This ability shone through in her campaigning on the 1.
Referendum, a turning point in the relationship between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians. In 1. 97. 2 Lowitja accepted a position as Senior Liaison Officer for the newly- created Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
She saw this as a great opportunity to use her skills, passion and commitment to advance the rights of Indigenous people. Breaking new ground for Indigenous women at the national level, Lowitja became the fulltime chairperson of the National Aboriginal Conference in 1. Lowitja continued to take on senior leadership roles and positions among prominent agencies in Aboriginal affairs, including Aboriginals Hostels and the Aboriginal Development Commission. In 1. 99. 0 Lowitja was appointed the inaugural chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. During her six years as Chairperson of ATSIC, Lowitja won universal admiration for her leadership, tenacity and integrity. A highlight was her pivotal role in the tense and complex negotiations which enabled the creation and passing of Prime Minister Keating’s native title legislation. In 2. 00. 0, Lowitja played a key advisory role in the lead up to the Sydney Olympic Games as Chairperson of the Sydney Olympic Games National Indigenous Advisory Committee and a member of the Sydney Olympic Games Volunteers Committee.
Lowitja also carried the torch through Uluru during the Australian leg of the relay. Lowitja’s skills, knowledge and experience continue to be highly sought after by the highest levels of government. In 2. 00. 8, Prime Minister Rudd sought Lowitja’s counsel in preparation for the historic Apology to the Stolen Generations. Lowitja’s many successes and work on behalf of her people have been justly recognised by the large number of awards and honours she has received in her career.
To mention just a few: she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 1. Advance Australia award in 1.
Australian of the Year in 1. National Living Treasure in 1.
These awards acknowledge Lowitja’s distinguished leadership in Indigenous affairs, as well as her extraordinary ability to overcome adversity and to break down the barriers. History will judge Lowitja as one of the great and sustaining forces for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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