Episode 4: Recognising their voice

About this episode

On this episode of Vivid Voices, we are joined by The Hon Linda Burney MP, member for Barton, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.

<p”>As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives. Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years.

She began her career as a teacher in Western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000. Charles Sturt University awarded her, its first Aboriginal graduate, an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002.

Linda talks about why having a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice put to Parliament is so important, but so difficult when all parties aren’t on the same page. We explore with her whether Australia is on the right path when it comes to current policies for Indigenous employment. And we consider the heavy impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on First Nations Peoples and what can be done to stop the rising levels of Aboriginal incarceration and deaths in custody.

Listen now to Episode 4.


About Vivid Voices

Hosted by experienced broadcaster and Vivid Indigenous Services consultant Matt White, Vivid Voices is a series that seeks to reframe perceptions about our First Nations Peoples. By exploring the past and reflecting on the present, we aim to create a more aspirational and prosperous future for everyone.

Vivid Voices is honest and open – and a discussion we need to have.

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