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Reconciliation Week 2011

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'Let's talk recognition'

At the Reconciliation Breakfast, held on Friday 27 May 2011, at the Wine Centre, Dr. Jackie Huggins, AM FAHA was invited as a guest speaker. Her speech was about 'Constitutional Reform'. Dr. Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is of the Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (north Queensland) peoples. In 2001 Jackie Huggins was awarded an Order of Australia for services to Indigenous people, particularly for her work with reconciliation, literacy, women's issues and social justice. She also has several publications to her name, Auntie Rita (with her mother Rita Huggins, 1994) and Sister Girl (1999).

The Hon. Grace Portolesi MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation also attended the breakfast and delivered an inspiring speech in which she asked the question, "when are we going to properly recognise the presence and effects of racism in our community?"

To read the entire speech by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, click on the link below.