Plenary / Blue Room - Level 3

9:00 am - 10:45 am

09:00 – 10:55
CHAIR – Rebecca Huntley

(brief descriptions are below – for full information, click on the speaker’s name)


9:00    Ann Weldon

Ms Weldon is a  member of the Kalar River people, in the Wiradjuri nation and is a Board member of the The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. (read more…)

Welcome to Country
Ms Weldon was the first female CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Service and the first CEO of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. She was elected to the Sydney ATSIC Regional Council for three consecutive terms as Councillor and as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.

9:05  Yirrmal Marika

New gen Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal Marika, from North-East Arnhem Land, has made a refreshing entrance into the music scene. Inspired by his Grandfather, Dr M Yunupingu, former lead singer of Yothu Yindi, he fuses tradition and contemporary with class and passion.
Yirrmal is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years. He openly shares his identity, spirit and connection to the land and engages the hearts of those that are lucky enough to hear him. (read more…)

9:15  Professor Mick Dodson AM

Mick Dodson is a Yawuru man from the Broome area in Western Australia. He was the first Indigenous Australian to receive a law degree following studies at Monash University in Melbourne.
A proud, courageous and humble Aboriginal leader, Dodson has served in a wide range of challenging roles and has been an enthusiastic advocate for social justice. He joined the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service in 1976 and became a barrister at the Victorian Bar in 1981.(read more…)

9:45  AMSRS Conference Chair Welcome Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australians foremost researchers on social trends. Rebecca has a background in publishing, academia and politics and holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies.
For nearly 9 years Rebecca was the Director of The Mind & Mood Report, Australia’s longest running social trends report.
She currently heads Vox Populi Research, as part of the CIRCA research group. (read more…)

9:55  Professor Mark Wooden

Mark Wooden is Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the Institute in 2000 he was Acting Director of the National Institute of Flinders University, Adelaide, where he had been employed for 18 years. (read more…)

10:25  Platinum Sponsor 

10:30   Caz Tebbutt OAM

Caz is an Australian working across 20 pacific islands and Timor Leste. She is the Managing Director of Tebbutt Research, the company she founded in 1991. She has a strong pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit and her company has won numerous awards. (read more…)