Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration and Prize

Charles Perkins on the Freedom Ride

In 2001, the University of Sydney launched an annual oration by a leading spokesperson within the field of Indigenous and non-Indigenous race relations.

The Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration was established with the full support of the Perkins family and in acknowledgement of his tireless dedication to human rights and social justice for Indigenous Australians.

2015 Oration Keynote: "Whose voices shape reform: politicians or other people?" – Mr Mick Gooda

Thank you for attending this year's Oration on Thursday, 15 October 2015.
Read the transcript from the 2015 Dr Charles Perkins AO Centre Memorial Oration. A podcast of Mick Gooda's presentation will be uploaded shortly.

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About Mick Gooda

Photo of Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda is a descendant of the Gangulu people of central Queensland and is the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. His term in this position commenced in February 2010.

Mick has a long experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, having worked remote, rural and urban environments throughout Australia for over 30 years. He has a strong record of achievement in implementing programs and organisational reform, and delivering strategic and sustainable results across the country.

As Commissioner, Mick builds on his experience to advocate the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, promoting respect and understanding of these rights among the broader Australian community.

Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Prize

This prize was established in 2000 commemorating the life-long achievements of Dr Perkins, the first Indigenous Australian graduate of The University of Sydney. There are three prizes awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have achieved outstanding results in their Bachelor or Honours degree.

Further Information

If you have any questions please contact
The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services
or call 1800 622 742