Biggest CONGRATULATIONS to Susan Anne Hamilton – the first Torres Strait Islander and first Indigenous female Barrister to appear in the High Court of Australia. The case won a native title Regional Sea Claim giving Torres Strait Islanders commercial rights to the resources of the sea. The National Museum of Australia have set up a permanent exhibit of Susan on display. The caption in the display is a quote from Susan, which reads, “I am privileged and honoured to be the first Torres Strait Islander to appear as a barrister before the High Court, particularly on a matter relating to the Torres Strait Islander beliefs and rights that affect all Torres Strait Islanders, including all of my family, my children and my grandchildren “. Susan is also a Co-Founder of ResearchCrowd, and currently works as the CEO at Aboriginal Family Legal Services Southern Queensland. What a remarkable woman!
March 17th is Australia’s National Close the Gap Day. While there have been some improvements in the decade of the national push to close the gap, much more needs to be done to close the gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians and reduce disadvantage across key indicators. If you’re interested to learn about where we’re at in terms of closing the gap, read Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s Report 2016. And, see what the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee have to say, in their report Close the Gap – Progress and Priorities Report 2015, which was funded and managed by Oxfam Australia. There are also lots of articles and news stories from some of our senior Indigenous leaders and organisations, so make sure to check out NITV. Remember, if you know of any activities that are on in your local community and want to promote them, it’s not to late to post the info online on the Close the Gap Facebook page! Let’s all get behind closing the gap, and work together to make sure that our future is one in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same opportunity as other Australians to live the Australian dream!
Happy International Women’s Day 😉