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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.

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Holden Caulfield 1:40 pm 27 Jan 09

Yeah, but Pat Rafter did a photo shoot with Sarah O’Hare in their undies. I’d feel like Australian of the Year if I managed to do the same.

neanderthalsis 1:21 pm 27 Jan 09

calbelsam said :

I do not understand why he is Australian Of The Year. Lets face it he probably does not play cricket and in fact he might have contributed something to Australia. Lets vote Rudd out he actually allows non sportsmen and women to be recognised.

Mmmm, wading through the sarcasm, I get the impression that you’re implying that John Howard only gave the gong to cricketers? Like the 2 cricketers acknowledged during Howards time in office?

Howards Non-cricketers:
1997 Peter Doherty AC
1998 Cathy Freeman 1999
2000 Sir Gustav Nossal
2001 General Peter Cosgrove
2002 Patrick Rafter born 1972 (ok another sporty type…)
2003 Fiona Stanley AC
2004 Steve Waugh AO (Another cricketer, but did a lot of charity stuff…)
2005 Fiona Wood AM
2006 Ian Frazer born 1953
2007 Tim Flannery born 1956
2008 Lee Kernaghan OAM

Holden Caulfield 12:33 pm 27 Jan 09

bigfeet said :

…I would assume that McGrath got nominated this year for his work with the McGrath Fountdation rather than for his cricketing ability…

Of course, my previous post was made tongue-in-cheek. I thought that may have been obvious. Oh well…

The question still remains, how many Test wickets has Mick Dodson taken?

Mr Evil 11:24 am 27 Jan 09

Thumper said :

I just want to know what the fcku is going on with the hat?

Is he channelling Johnny Cash? Is it a pseudo toupee a la Molly Meldrum? Does he take it off to go to meetings? Is he worried about skin cancer?

😉

His full name is “Crocodile” Mick “Dundee” Dodson.

Thumper 9:49 am 27 Jan 09

I just want to know what the fcku is going on with the hat?

Is he channelling Johnny Cash? Is it a pseudo toupee a la Molly Meldrum? Does he take it off to go to meetings? Is he worried about skin cancer?

😉

deezagood 9:13 am 27 Jan 09

Professor Dodson seems like a worthy recipient; and of course every year there are other very worthy recipients who miss out (but there can be only one!). And in our country of free speech, I think the man is certainly allowed to have an opinion regarding the appropriateness of the date chosen to celebrate Australia Day – this doesn’t make him any less patriotic or worthy of the honour. I love celebrating Australia Day and I think this day has really grown in momentum over the past decade – which is just wonderful. To be honest, I have no particular attachment to the actual date though; there are many dates in our history that might also make suitable Australia Days. I like to think that the sentiment and fervour of the day would remain even if the date changed.

– it’s easier to track progress in the target group if programs are segmented

And yet by targeting indigenous groups in the ‘intervention’, it’s racism at work… Isn’t that all about measuring impact on a specific group?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you don’t actually know that his last name is Dodson, and just took your lead from Pandy’s post immediately above.

Nothing so exciting – I’d read the whole post and made a typo.

bigfeet 11:23 pm 26 Jan 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Pandy said :

Glenn McGrath has not done enough as an Australian to get top gong.

Mick Dobson has done lots over a long time.

Geez, its a tough crowd when 944 international wickets (563 Tests/381 ODI) aren’t considered doing enough as an Australian, haha.

I would assume that McGrath got nominated this year for his work with the McGrath Fountdation rather than for his cricketing ability.

Just like last years Australian of the Year: Lee Kernaghan did not get the honour for his singing ability. He was awarded for his tireless efforts in raising awareness, interest and support for drought relief in rural Australia.

Pandy 11:20 pm 26 Jan 09

I think one Digger saving his mates under gunfire is much more worthy than 944 wickets.

sepi 11:06 pm 26 Jan 09

You’re right – I should’ve put Whinger in capitals too.

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