Life for Indigenous Australians after 1967

Staff and students are invited to attend the 2017 Elliott Johnston Memorial Lecture on 17 October, to be delivered by Justice Darryl Rangiah.

The lecture, entitled “…aboriginal natives shall not be counted…” – Legal and societal change fifty years on from 1967 Referendum, will address past and present injustices against Indigenous Australians and consider solutions to the pressing social issues of today.

The 1967 Referendum made Australian history and led to the constitution being amended to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Australian Government to create laws for them.

However, many searching questions remain, such as ‘will our society be judged as any better in 20, 30 or 50 years’ time?’, ‘What will be seen as the injustices of our time?’ and ‘What are the answers?’

Justice Rangiah was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 2013.

His Honour is also an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Before he was appointed as a judge, his Honour practiced as a barrister in Queensland and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2008.

His Honour’s areas of practice at the Bar included administrative law, commercial law and native title.

Justice Rangiah was also Chair of the Queensland Fisheries Tribunal for nine years and Member of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal for five years.

The 2017 Elliott Johnston Memorial Lecture will be held on Tuesday 17 October 2017 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Flinders Victoria Square, Room 1, Level 1.

It is being hosted by Flinders Law and the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement.

Admission is free, however registration is essential.

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