Celebrating success

Flinders Law graduate Leanne Liddle is named NT Australian of the Year, while other successes include a local Joe Cocker concert revival and a Professor contributes to a textbook she’s been teaching for more than a decade.

Flinders graduate is NT Australian of the Year 

NT Australian of the Year Leanne Liddle

Congratulations to Leanne Liddle, a Flinders University Law graduate, who was recently announced as the 2022 NT Australian of the Year for her ongoing commitment and passion for justice.

Leanne is Director of the Aboriginal Justice Unit, and is the driving force behind the Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice agreement which, in partnership with Aboriginal people, aims to reduce imprisonment rates, increase Aboriginal leadership and improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians.

After a decade of service to the South Australian police force, where she was the state’s first Aboriginal policewoman, Leanne completed a law degree and has worked for the United Nations and in several high-powered government roles before joining the Aboriginal Justice Unit in 2017. To read more about Leanne’s story, click here.

Another Flinders University alumnus, Bishop Eugene D Hurley AM, was nominated for NT Senior Australian of the Year.

Reviving Joe Cocker’s big sound in concert

Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker, with Flinders’ David Sly (right) in the 18-piece superband.

Flinders University journalism lecturer and Flinders Media Office regular David Sly has taken the plunge to present Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker, a pulsating 18-piece Adelaide superband that authentically captures the incredible 1970 Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen concert. After a succession of recently cancelled national touring acts, Sly quickly mobilised Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker for a full-production concert at Thebarton Theatre on Saturday 27 November 2021. Led by singer Steve Brown ahead of a nine-voice choir, two drummers, twin keyboards and horn section, the Adelaide ensemble captures the massive sound of Cocker’s finest anthems in all their wild splendour – The Letter, Cry Me A River, Space Captain, Delta Lady, With A Little Help From My Friends and more. The desire to rekindle Cocker’s finest live performances has long burned within father-and-son drumming duo David and Miles Sly. They first pulled together Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker for the 2017 Adelaide Fringe, playing to a sold-out crowd at The Gov. Now, 50 years since Cocker’s mighty performances were released on vinyl, tickets for Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker on Saturday 27 November 2021 are now available from TICKETMASTER.COM.AU

New chapter after a decade of teaching

After using this textbook while teaching her first year biology topics for a decade, Professor Karen Burke Da Silva from the College of Science & Engineering has authored a chapter in the latest edition of Campbell Biology, Australian and New Zealand version. This textbook aims to empower learners with student-centred content and tools that promote effective learning and engagement. The new edition contains chapter openers, dynamic study modules and ready-to-go teaching modules to help students.


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