Distinguished Speakers Program: Noel Pearson

8 November 2011
Noel Pearson
Noel Pearson


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Noel Pearson is the Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, a regional organisation sitting at the nexus of academia, policy formation and community engagement and providing policy oversight for other Cape York oriented organisations. He was born in Cooktown and spent his early years in Cape York, before attending high school in Brisbane then completing a degree is Laws and History at the University of Sydney.

Mr Pearson has been strongly involved in campaigning for the rights of Cape York Aboriginal people and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Cape York Land Council in 1990. He also worked on both Native title cases including the historic WIK decision, with the resulting High Court decision is recognised as one of the most important Native Title cases in Australian History.

Throughout the past ten years, Mr Pearson has been involved in many key Indigenous issues including, as a member of the Indigenous Negotiating Team during the drafting of the Native Title Act in 1993. He also participated in the drafting of the Cape York Heads of Agreement for which he and other Cape York leaders were signatories on behalf of Cape York Aboriginal people. This historic agreement ensured an effective cooperative platform between Indigenous, Conservation, Mining and pastoral interests in Cape York.

This lecture is presented as part of the Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers Program 2011. Please click here for program details.

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Time: Register from 5.30pm for 6-7pm lecture, followed by cocktail reception

Location: The Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: $25 full fee; $20 SLS alumni: $10 USyd students

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