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Governor’s Oration

The Cranlana Programme’s first Speaker Series Event for 2018 will be held next week, on Wednesday 27 June.

Our speaker is the Hon Fred Chaney AO, TCP Governor and someone who has worked on Aboriginal issues over his lifetime – as a student, lawyer, politician, Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal and as co-chair of Reconciliation Australia – and has tried to do this in line with Aboriginal aspirations and hope.

Can the world’s oldest living cultures survive the impact of a dysfunctional government?

What is correctly described as the world’s oldest living cultures are a precious part of what makes Australia. Those cultures in all their diversity can be found across the whole country, in remote and rural areas, and in all our cities. But what this talk is primarily concerned with, is the minority of Aboriginal Australians, who live in remote Australia in hundreds of settlements on country from which they have never moved. These communities are the repositories of the songs and stories that record their land-focused cultures. They sustain distinctive Indigenous communities and are the main occupants of many remote regions.

For the last five Parliaments, despite government rhetoric to the contrary, they have been subjected to top-down Government Knows Best policies and administration that has reduced Aboriginal agency, used punishment and the removal of sustaining programs to achieve government ends, remove the base of local administration and encourage dysfunction.

The results of the continuity of poor policy and administration under Prime Ministers Howard/Rudd/Gillard/Abbott and now Turnbull are evident in the available statistics about remote communities.

Without systemic reform of policy and administration we will continue to strangle the world’s oldest living cultures in those places where it survives in its most original form. What are we to do about it?

VENUE   Cranlana, 62 Clendon Road, Toorak
DATE       Wednesday 27 June 2018
        6.00pm for 6.30 seating
COST        $60

You are most welcome to purchase tickets for guests of your choice to come along with you; they do not have to be alumni.

See you at Cranlana.

Kate Latimer
Chief Executive Officer
The Cranlana Programme

Alumni of Cranlana


27 Jun 2018