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2018 Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize

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The University of Sydney

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The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence and Mrs Eileen Perkins and family are delighted to invite you to attend the 2018 Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize.

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Hon Linda Burney MP

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Member for Barton, New South Wales
Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services
Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence

As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives. Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years.

She began her career as a teacher in Western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000. Charles Sturt University awarded her, its first Aboriginal graduate, an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002.

Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14 year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. During her state political career she served as minister in a number of senior portfolios including as minister for Community Services and later as Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives, she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services. She has since been appointed Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence. Linda has a long held commitment the prevention of domestic violence and family violence and has detailed publically her personal experience with it.

Linda has held senior positions in the non-government sector serving on a number of Boards including the SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, and the NSW Board of Studies.

About the Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize

In 2001, the University of Sydney established an annual oration to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their community, country and society.

Named in honour of Australia's first Aboriginal graduate, the Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize was established with the full support of the Perkins family and in acknowledgement of his tireless dedication to human rights and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Each year, we invite members from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share their stories about their experiences, research, projects and ideas.

With the support of the University faculties and The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students, there are now three prizes awarded annually to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have achieved outstanding results for Bachelor or Honours degree.

To listen to previous Oration keynote speakers, visit our Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration and Prize collection on the Sydney eScholarship Repository website.

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