Griffith Review launch: First Things First – an exploration of Indigenous history

Griffith Review's First Things First. Photo: Supplied

ANZSOG is partnering with the Review, and the Melbourne School of Government, on 25 June to launch the Griffith Review’s latest volume First Things First – an exploration of Indigenous history and an attempt to imagine a better future.

The launch will take place at the Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur St, East Melbourne, from 12pm (for a 12.30 start) to 1.45pm, with lunch provided.

The launch will also be a platform for the essay by Professor Mark Moran, The University of Queensland, The Courage to Reform: Fixing the Commonwealth’s Indigenous policies.

The Commissioner for Treaty Advancement, Jill Gallagher will speak to the important themes in First Things First, in addition to talks from Professor Moran and contributors to Volume 60 of the Review.

The First Things First delivers strong contemporary insights from leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It is a unique collection which shares transformative information, structural challenges and personal stories, and aims to be an urgent chorus for true recognition of and self-determination for Indigenous Australians.

The First Things First edition was conceived in the wake of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and the Commonwealth Government’s rejection of the idea of an Indigenous ‘Voice to Parliament’.

It explores the barriers preventing recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the creation of a Treaty, as well as charting the successes and failures of Indigenous affairs policy over recent decades.

The latest Griffith Review features work from journalist Stan Grant, Dr Gregory Phillips – Research Fellow in Aboriginal Health at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Dr Will Sanders, from ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and Associate Professor Maggie Walter, from the University of Tasmania.

The issue covers similar themes to ANZSOG’s Public Administration and Indigenous Affairs: Can’t We Do Better?” conference, organised in partnership with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), in October last year.

Find out more about the Public Administration and Indigenous Affairs: Can’t We Do Better? conference here.

Register your attendance for the 25 June launch here

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