Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Avani Terraces - Greenway
Life is looking up

Canberra’s Professor Mick Dodson named Australian of the year.

By johnboy - 25 January 2009 50

ANU is congratulating their Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Professor Mick Dodson, on being named Australian Of The Year, beating out all the other States’ nominees.

    “We applaud the selection of Professor Dodson as Australian of the Year, and are proud to count him as one of our academic leaders,” ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb said.

    “He has tirelessly combined advocacy, diplomatic and academic roles. He has overcome prejudice and blazed pathways for Indigenous Australians. His record is an outstanding example of the high value we place on combining scholarly research with public engagement. For all these reasons we celebrate him and his achievements.”

    Professor Dodson was the first Indigenous lawyer admitted to the Victorian Bar and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. He participated in drafting the Native Title Act (1993) Cth, the legislative expression of native title rights recognised in the watershed Mabo case.

    He was a pivotal part of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the Bringing Them Home Report, both of which remain highly influential documents that triggered legal reform, heralded a shift in the nation’s awareness of its past and led to an acknowledgement (and recently a formal prime ministerial apology) for the policies of forced removal of Indigenous children from their families.

    At the international level, he campaigned to put the human rights of the world’s Indigenous peoples on the United Nations agenda and participated for over a decade in bringing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to fruition.

UPDATED: One little remarked on part of the furore surrounding Professor Dodson’s “call” for a debate on Australia Day is that he did not raise the issue. He was responding to repeated questioning by the gallery pack who’ve beaten this issue up during a slow January.

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
50 Responses to
Canberra’s Professor Mick Dodson named Australian of the year.
SadMushroom 10:22 pm 25 Jan 09

what they have to do,,,,is go outback and find the aboriginals that still live in missions and who’s kids still run around barefoot with spears at the river trying to catch fish..
This shyt of walking into the pub at 10am and finding any man there,,,black or white,,is just disgusting…yet they are there all day everyday.
Kick them all out and make them get jobs…..

Make a rule,,if your found at a pub during business hours,,,,,you are NOT entitled to any gubby money….You are either working or looking for a job!!!!

grunge_hippy 10:08 pm 25 Jan 09

when i first heard, my first thought was tokenism… but hopefully he can do something with this award to help improve status and living conditions of indigenous people, like Tanya Major tried to do. She was an inspirational choice for young australian of the year a few years back.

SadMushroom 9:42 pm 25 Jan 09

I am not on anyones back,,,just living in Warren years ago as the only white family in the street I realised not all aboriginals are after the same thing..
I have been to Bourke and Walgett and most other aboriginal populated areas and found they do NOT like what the city aboriginals are doing….
The last full blooded aboriginal ( from this area) to die in ACT areas was Queen Nellie in 1890….
Do NOT get up us if they have given up their fight and left it others…
I still talk to the Queanbeyan elders as my sons are (by their father) aboriginal but if you think that means they do not need a job and can sit and blodge????

JB do you realise in Bourke whites are not allowed out after dark???
That any place past Dubbo still has black and white pubs??

This crap is only in the cities,,,and most elders came from outback and still agree with us..

BerraBoy68 9:34 pm 25 Jan 09

sepi said :

I think it is great. It must be so hard to come up with people for these awards.
Mick Dodson is a good one.

I’ve got nothing against Abstudy either. You can see it as an investment in both that person, and in the role model they can be for their future friends and family.

It can take a bit longer to get used to the Uni life if noone you know has ever been there.

Good call Sepi. Looking at it like that, I can see why Lindsey’s brother also may have had problems early on.

BerraBoy68 9:33 pm 25 Jan 09

Pandy said :

JB, The man was reported at length on SBS news saying he wanted to replace Australia Day. On the eve of Australia Day and on the day he gets the award. This *is* a discussion of him as a man, because it represents what he is.

I can see that indigenous cousins see this as a bad day in their history, although I’m not too sure why. 26 Jan 1788 was a pretty benign day compared to what occured in the years to follow.

That said Pandy, I doubt the proposal to move Aust. Day will ever get up as the majority of Australians simply won’t let it be changed. We need to find someway to get indigenous Australians to accept the day. And no, I don’t have the answer:)

sepi 9:31 pm 25 Jan 09

I think it is great. It must be so hard to come up with people for these awards.
Mick Dodson is a good one.

I’ve got nothing against Abstudy either. You can see it as an investment in both that person, and in the role model they can be for their future friends and family.

It can take a bit longer to get used to the Uni life if noone you know has ever been there.

BerraBoy68 9:28 pm 25 Jan 09

JB – I hope my previous comment isn’t seen as trying to grind any old axe. I do believe that Mick deserves this honor.

I just think that with the timing so close the apology some critics will come out stating the award is purely politically motivated. Much like Howard and several cricketers getting this award early in his years in office.

Lest there be any doubt, I’m with Deckard – good on you Mick.

Pandy 9:27 pm 25 Jan 09

JB, The man was reported at length on SBS news saying he wanted to replace Australia Day. On the eve of Australia Day and on the day he gets the award. This *is* a discussion of him as a man, bacause it represents what he is.

Deckard 9:23 pm 25 Jan 09

johnboy said :

Those of you trying to drag your sad old axes into this argument for grinding can sod off and I don’t care if you never come back.

Hear hear.

Congratulations Mick. Well deserved.

BerraBoy68 9:18 pm 25 Jan 09

A mate of mine growing up was named young Canberran of the year in the ’90s. His name was Lindsey Croft. He was given this award due to his contribution to indigenous affairs in the ACT. He was at Canb. Uni for about 8 years but never graduated as he kept changing subjects in order to stay at Uni. His fee’s were covered by AbStudy and he made no bones about the fact that he enjoyed and felt that he ‘deserved’ this support. On the back of the award he won a scholarship to Harvard where he intended to study indigenious issues. On the way back from an Indian reservation he rolled his van and was killed.

My feelings on Lindsey and Indigenous issues in general are varied. He could have achieved great things if he had lived but then again, his inclination at Uni was not to actually complete anything – just use it as a means to maintain his extra-curricular activities.

I am sure Prof. Dodson is a great and caring person greatly deserving of this award but think his announcement as Australian of the Year would have been better received if it hadn’t have occurred back to back with the Government’s apology. Unfortunately, it could now be tainted with tokenism.

johnboy 9:07 pm 25 Jan 09

OK, my patience with those seeking to hijack this discussion into their own racist tracts is at an end.

Up for discussion is this award to this man.

Those of you trying to drag your sad old axes into this argument for grinding can sod off and I don’t care if you never come back.

johnboy 9:02 pm 25 Jan 09

Fiona Stanley? Ian Fraser?

Some very good people have been named in recent times.

I would suggest this is not a very good moment for general anti-indigenous rants.

Pandy 9:01 pm 25 Jan 09

Was there any doubt that an almost educated and articulate Aboriginal would ever get it this year? Remember “Sorrieee”?

Oh what is this bullshit that he wants to start a dialogue on a new day for Australia day? So a tiny minority of 2% of australians associate Australia Day to be Invasion Day. On yer bike Mick.

GregW 8:56 pm 25 Jan 09

I would almost congratulate him if Australian of The Year wasn’t the politicised populist non-sense it has become (always been?).

SadMushroom 8:55 pm 25 Jan 09

Can I ask who approves the money for aborigianl stuff in NSW about 10 years ago??
Out bush around Dunedoo at the point of an aboriginal area years ago,,,,the aboriginals fought for a right to have the area claimed etc and dedicated..
They won and a site was dedicated to be painted in aboriginal art,,,but NONE of the aboriginals wanted to go out and paint it,,,,
So my white daughter did,,my white daughter painted an aboriginal site that was on the news etc as an aboriginal site!!!??? when it was finished..
It is still listed as aboriginal but there is no mention that a white girl painted it on weekends cause the aboriginals didn’t want to unless they were paid….

Makes me wonder!!!!!! (by the way my daughter did the whole thing herself with no help from anyone,,she did it soo good that noone has ever questioned it)

1 2 3 4

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site