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La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus

133 McKoy Street

West Wodonga, VIC 3690

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In this year’s Mann Lecture the Hon Dr Ken Coghill will explore the relationship between the Murray, its people and how these connections impact the governance of this vast and unique region.

The Murray means many things to many people. Is the Murray made up of just the river and waterways or the land through which these waters flow? Should we be viewing the Murray as a larger eco-system or, more radically, as part of Mother Earth? Dr Coghill will explore these themes, with reference to Aboriginal tradition, and ask why we consider the Darling to be a separate Basin.

The community surrounding the Murray is as diverse as the region itself. The lecture will explore how we define the people of the Murray, and examine their diversity. Where do they reside geographically, and how much influence is it fair for those outside this region to hold?

In an intriguing conclusion, Dr Coghill will invite the audience to consider the relationships between the Murray and its people and how the governance of the Murray could be improved in light of this.

Ken Coghill BVSc (Melbourne) PhD (Monash) was born at Mansfield, in the Murray Basin, in 1944. Both his parents were also born in the Murray Basin; with his father’s family having lived there from the early 1850s. Ken lived most of his childhood in the headwaters of the Broken River. After graduating with a degree in veterinary science, he moved to Wodonga as a Department of Agriculture officer. During this period he became a member of the Australian Labor Party and was active in rural policy development. He was also elected to Wodonga Council. After relocating to Werribee, he was elected as the local State MP, also serving as Parliamentary Secretary and Speaker. Ken later joined Monash University where he is now an Associate Professor and leads research in governance and parliamentary studies.

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La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus

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West Wodonga, VIC 3690

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