Topic: The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

Presenter: Mr Les Malezer - Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

Mr Malezer will discuss the new National Congress of First Peoples, including the structure of the National Congress, how it will seek to address the recognition of Indigenous people's fundamental rights and, work with government, industry and communities to close the gap.

Mr Les Malezer, of the Gabi Gabi community, was awarded the 2008 Human Rights Medal for his work in advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people both nationally and internationally. For the past decade he has been a delegate to the United Nations forums on Indigenous Issues. He was recently elected as co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. The National Congress of First Peoples was established to provide a representative voice at the national level for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples around the country.

This seminar is presented by the TC Beirne School of Law Research Seminar Series, and the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: (334) 69350, email:

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