Dr Charles Perkins AO Oration and Prize 2013
17 October 2013
Youth in our community
In 2001, the University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Koori Centre, launched the Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration. The establishment of the oration began as a recommendation of the Committee to Review Aboriginal Education at the University of Sydney, of which Dr Perkins was a member.
The University, in consultation with the Koori Centre adopted in principle that the University establish an annual oration. The University, in consultation with the Koori Centre, believed it would be fitting to name the oration in honour of the University’s first indigenous graduate, Dr Charles Perkins AO. The Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration was established with the full support of the Perkins family and in acknowledgement of Dr Perkins’s tireless dedication to human rights and social justice for indigenous Australians.
- When: 6–8.30pm
- Where: The Great Hall A14C, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney
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- Cost: Free but registration is essential.
- Contact: Tatum Touma
Senior Administration Officer
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
T +61 2 9351 5221
- Speaker: Shane Phillips is chief executive officer of the Tribal Warrior Association. Prior to this appointment, his career included roles working with young people in child protection, juvenile justice and the law, including working with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody as a community liaison officer under the Honourable Justice Hal Wooten.
In 1993, Mr Phillips established the Redfern Aboriginal Corporation (RAC). His achievements and participation in community service are outstanding and were recognised in April 2008 when he was an invited participant in Prime Minister Rudd’s 2020 Summit; he shared his vision in the "Options for the Future of Indigenous Australia" stream. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his outstanding contribution to community service, Aboriginal education and cultural awareness.
Mr Phillips is an advocate of Aboriginal rights, a campaigner for justice and has been a spokesperson for the Aboriginal Rights Coalition protesting the NT intervention, a life member and coach of the Redfern All Blacks Under 19s rugby league team, a member of the National Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, the Gilbert & Tobin Reconciliation Planning Team, the National Aboriginal Alliance, and the Quarantine Station Community Committee, and is a founding Director of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.