Australian Human Rights Commission media release.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, hopes to gather first hand information on the most pressing concerns and the most innovative solutions being developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when he takes to the road next week to meet with key organisations and community leaders around Australia.
From March to June, Commissioner Gooda will meet with communities, organisations, government, parliamentary, community, academic and private sector stakeholders, beginning in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
“I am really excited about this trip because it will give me first hand information at the beginning of my term as Commissioner on what human rights issues Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities think need to be given specific priority,” Commissioner Gooda said.
“The trip has been organised so that I can work with people on the ground to identify new or emerging issues and gather up-to-date information and case studies to inform my work.
“I will be connecting widely with a range of people and building strong relationships with Indigenous leaders and others,” he said.
Commissioner Gooda starts his visit this weekend in Cape York and throughout the coming week will meet with Cape York Land Council, Cape York Health Council and the Cape York Family Violence Prevention Unit in Cairns.
He will also be meeting with the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, key Yarrabah community organisations and Cape York Partnerships in Cairns.
“These, and future, visits will ensure I have the most up to date information on the state of the nation in terms of the human rights and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and will steer the course for my term as Social Justice Commissioner,” Commissioner Gooda said.
The Commissioner will also be visiting a range of metropolitan, regional and remote locations in Townsville, Palm Island, the Torres Strait Islands and Darwin in the coming month. He will also be meeting with key stakeholders in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Canberra over the next months.”