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Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration

Each year the Don Dunstan Foundation presents the annual Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration named in honour of Dr O’Donoghue. The Oration features an eminent speaker who has made significant contributions to the social fabric of Australia.

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG is an Aboriginal woman who has dedicated her life to improving the welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has been named Australian of the Year twice and was the inaugural chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. She was the first Aboriginal woman to be inducted into the Order of Australia and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1999.

Previous Speakers:

Copies of Speeches and Recordings can be found in the 'Publications & Recording' Tab

  • 2014: Professor Patrick DodsonRights, Recognition and Reconciliation

    Professor Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace prize. He was a Royal Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.Patrick lives in Broome with his family, where he is involved in social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability through his roles as Chair of the Lingiari Foundation and Executive Chair of Nyamba Buru Yawuru. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Broome where he lectures in Spirituality and the Challenge of Reconciliation.

  • 2013: Ms Olga HavnenHealing the Fault Lines: uniting polticians, bureaucrats and NGOs for improved outcomes in Aboriginal Health

    Ms Olga Havnen is the former head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy at the Australian Red Cross. She has held a range of senior public and non-government sector roles in her long career in Indigenous Policy in the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister and Manager of Indigenous and International Programs at Fred Hollows Foundation. Ms Havnen has held a position on the Australian Council of Social Services' Board of Directors and represented the Australian Government at various international forums. She grew up in Tennant Creek and is the daughter of Aboriginal educator Peg Havnen. Ms Havnen currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin.

  • 2012: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMGConstitutions, interventions and other melancholy takes

    Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge when he retired from the High Court of Australia in 2009.He also served the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission, the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Federal Court of Australia, the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands. He was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities and participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded twenty honorary doctorates.

  • 2011: The Hon Paul KeatingLowitja O'Donoghue and Native Title: Leadership pointing the way to identity, inclusion and justice.

    Paul Keating entered Parliament in 1969, becoming Treasurer in the Hawke government in 1983. In this role he drove a range of financial and economic reforms which internationalised the Australian economy and underpinned more than twenty years of Australia’s continuous growth and prosperity. In December 1991 he became Prime Minister and led the ALP to an historic fifth term of government in March 1993. As Prime Minister he continued his progressive reform program which included the introduction of compulsory national superannuation to redress national savings and to provide more adequate retirement incomes. The Keating government implemented the historic Native Title legislation to facilitate the return of land to indigenous Australians and raised proposals for constitutional reform to have Australia become a republic. Paul Keating maintains his interest in contemporary national and international politics, economics and foreign affairs and contributes occasionally to the public debate.

  • 2010: Mr Ray Martin AMWalking together on the Journey of Healing

    Ray Martin is an eloquent and truly inspiring journalist and orator who brought a unique and challenging perspective to the journey of healing on indigenous issue in Australia, providing hard facts and anecdotes to motivate us all to be individually committed to real change. Ray Martin began his distinguished career as a journalist with the ABC in 1965. He is a former presenter of A Current Affair on Nine and Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation. Ray is deeply involved in charities concerned with Aboriginal disadvantage and is in this third term as a Community Member on the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

  • 2009: Dr Jackie Huggins AM and The Hon Fred Chaney AOBringing black and white Australians together

    Dr Jackie Huggins AM and The Hon Fred Chaney AO

  • 2008: The Rev Tim CostelloThe Journey is Healing: How we go forward after 'Sorry'

    The Rev Tim Costello

  • 2007: Dr Lowitja O'DonoghueBlack and White Together, We Shall Overcome, Some Day

    Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue

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