A chance to reset the agenda for Government-Indigenous relations: Dungala Kaiela Oration

September 16 / 186

Dr Martin Parkinson with the Kaiela Institute's Justin Mohamed and Felicia Daan, VCA Professor Deborah Cheetham, VC Professor Glyn Davis, and the Kaiela Institute's Paul Briggs
Dr Martin Parkinson with the Kaiela Institute's Justin Mohamed and Felicia Daan, VCA Professor Deborah Cheetham, VC Professor Glyn Davis, and the Kaiela Institute's Paul Briggs

Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Dr Martin Parkinson called on governments and Indigenous people to ‘reset the agenda’ during this year’s Dungala Kaiela Oration, delivered recently in Shepparton.

The Oration is hosted annually by the Kaiela Institute and supported by the University of Melbourne. It focuses on Indigenous social and economic inclusion.

The Kaiela Institute is a community investment organisation formed in 2011 by local leaders to provide an evidence-based holistic approach to improvements in education, employment and inclusion for Indigenous people in the Goulburn Murray region. The role of the Kaiela Institute is to stimulate critical thinking across sector leadership with a view to elevating cultural affirmation and Indigenous wellbeing.

“As an economist, I care deeply about getting the economic fundamentals right – because it’s the economic success of individuals that will see us close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” Dr Parkinson said during the Oration.

“This is our chance— Government and Indigenous people—to take the lessons of the past decade and work together to reset the agenda, to focus our efforts to truly close the gap in outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”

Executive Director of the Kaiela Institute Paul Briggs said the Oration was a powerful opportunity to reflect on progress and to drive forward strategies around cultural affirmation, wealth creation, and progress towards social and economic inclusion.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and Foundation Chair in Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne Ian Anderson said the University was again thrilled to support the Dungala Kaiela Oration.

“This is a truly agenda-setting event, not just the Goulburn Valley, but nationally,” he said. “The presentation by Dr Parkinson was very welcome and warmly received, and did an excellent job of highlighting the Indigenous policy agenda for the newly-elected Turnbull government.”

Read and/or watch the Oration here.

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