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Juanita Nielsen 2018 Memorial Lecture

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Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre

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Surry Hills, NSW 2010

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Juanita Nielsen, publisher of the independent paper NOW and active campaigner disappeared in July 1975. It is widely thought that Juanita was kidnapped and murdered because of her stand against over development and local corruption. A coronial inquest found that Juanita was murdered. Her murderers were never brought to justice. It is widely believed that Juanita was killed by agents of the developers.

Since 2001 Lee Rhiannon has hosted the annual Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture to commemorate the life and times of Juanita Nielsen and the Green Bans, and to encourage recognition of women in public life who are standing up on issues that matter. The lecture is open to the public and the guest speaker delivers a speech about a significant public issue.

Free entry. Please RSVP!
Drinks and nibbles from 6:30 for a 7pm start

The MC for the evening will be student and activist, Dorothy Symons

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Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Currently serving as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser of the National Tertiary Education Union, Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist in June 2012. A mere six weeks after she started it, Celeste had a piece picked up for publication by Daily Life and since then has written for a number of publications. Along with Daily Life (Fairfax), Celeste’s work has been seen in The Guardian, New Matilda, Tracker Magazine and others, and she has contributed chapters to anthologies such as Pan Macmillan’s Mothers and Others.

Celeste is also an accomplished panellist and public speaker. She has appeared at the Bendigo Writers’ Festival, All About Women, Women of the World, Cherchez La Femme and a number of others. She has been a regular voice on radio as well, in particular giving comment to the National Indigenous Radio Service, CAAMA and ABC Radio National. In 2016, she delivered the International Women’s Day Address for the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and also gave the Molly Hadfield Oration for the City of Darebin.

In her time both writing and speaking, Celeste has gained a certain notoriety and a fair bit of praise for delivering tough topics in concise and accessible ways. Mixing a bit of anecdote and humour as she goes along, Celeste takes her lead from many amazing Indigenous thinkers who have inspired her along the way.

Celeste will be speaking about "Sovereignty, social justice and the continuing struggle to speak for ourselves – How far Australia goes to silence Indigenous dissent”
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Denise Abou Hamad was born in Lebanon and moved to Sydney with her family when she was 13. She studied law and philosophy at Macquarie Uni. She joined the Greens in 2013 because she wanted to work with other like-minded people on helping solve some of society’s biggest problems. She is currently the co-convenor of Greens Lawyers. She has previously worked as a law clerk, a teacher, a prisoners rights advocate, and is currently a policy officer.

Denise will speak on the life and times of Juanita Nielsen.

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ACCESSIBILITY: Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre is an accessible venue with a ramp into the building and a lift up to the event room. Please contact Brigitte Garozzo (0424241690) if you need assistance to access the meeting on the night.

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