Venerable Mary Aikenhead Oration 2024

We are pleased to announce the 2024 Oration will take place in July 2024!

  • DATE:

    Thursday 25 July 2024

  • Canapes & Drinks:

    5.00pm

  • Oration:

    6.00pm – 7.30pm

  • Venue:

    The Peter Cosgrove Centre
    Australian Catholic University
    Level 22, Tenison Woods House
    8 – 20 Napier Street MacKillop Campus
    NORTH SYDNEY NSW

  • Speaker:

    The Hon Malarndirri McCarthy
    Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians and Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health

    Senator McCarthy will be speaking about her experience being an advocate for Territorians over the past 20 years, and her work as a Federal Senator to improve the lives and health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

    Read more about Senator McCarthy below.

Please note you have the opportunity to attend the event online if unable to join us in person. Please indicate how you will attend in your RSVP.

Malarndirri McCarthy

The Hon Malarndirri McCarthy

Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians and Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health

Biography:
Senator Malarndirri McCarthy is a Yanyuwa Garrwa woman from the Gulf country in the Northern Territory.

She was elected as Senator for the Northern Territory (including Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands) in August 2016, re-elected in 2019 and again in 2022 when she was appointed the Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians and Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health.

Her experiences bring unique perspectives to the role of Labor Senator for the NT, a familiarity with the challenges and opportunities facing Territorians, and the perseverance and determination to drive change.

Senator McCarthy believes strongly in fair representation for the regions and was instrumental in the push to retain the Federal seat of Lingiari in the NT in 2020.

She is a fierce opponent of punitive welfare measures like the permanent introduction of the Cashless Debit Card to the NT and has long advocated for the Community Development Program to be scrapped and replaced with a remote program that creates jobs with proper wages and conditions.

She first entered the public sphere as a journalist with the ABC and also worked at SBS/NITV.

Senator McCarthy was elected to the Northern Territory Assembly as the Member for Arnhem in 2005. During her seven years in the Legislative Assembly, she held the Ministerial Portfolios of Local Government, Regional Development, Indigenous Development, Tourism, Women’s Policy and Statehood.

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