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July 5, 2022 1:00pm - July 5, 2022 2:00pm

Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers invite you to our live webinar Tuesday Lunchtime Speaker Event – Barbara Flick.


One Country, Two Laws.

“Challenges facing both Aboriginal people and the legal system as it exists today

– A personal perspective and my family’s activism”

About the speaker:

Barbara is a Yuwaalaayi/Gamilaraay/Bigambul woman.

She has had many years experience working in the non-government and government sectors across a wide range of issues including land rights, community development, welfare reform, adult education, Aboriginal language maintenance and preservation, homeland resettlement, health, criminology, social justice and human rights.

Barbara has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the urban, rural and remote environments across Australia from the inner suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales to the remote regions of Central Australia, the Kimberley and Cape York Peninsula.

She has always had an interest in the issues confronting other First Nations People with a similar history of colonisation and has also visited Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, China, the United Kingdom and the United States of America to gain an insight into their issues and challenges.

Barbara worked as a parliamentary lobbyist during her employment as the National Indigenous Health Advisor to the Australian Medical Association and influenced government policy on many regional, state and federal issues. She spearheaded the move to set up an Aboriginal health department in the federal Department of Health and took the funding responsibilities out of ATSIC where AMS’s had to compete with other community
organisations. This was a complex issue which included organising health and community leaders across the country to meet with Senior Cabinet Ministers. This lobbying resulted in the establishment of the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services.

Barbara has also worked on many national committees including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council, the National Aboriginal Education Consultative Committee, the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Australian Health Ethics Committee
into the Protection of Human Genetic Information and the National Consultative Committee on Peace and Disarmament. She also served as a Commissioner on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Rural and Remote Education Inquiry.

At a state level Barbara was appointed to the first New South Wales Land Council and at a federal level served as the National Secretary of the Federation of Land Councils.

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