Reconciliation: take the next step

A public forum with Doris Pilkington - Nugi Garimara and Elliot Johnston QC AO

Jointly presented by Journey of Healing SA - Reconciliation South Australia Inc - The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, UniSA

Wednesday 11 May 2005

Audio Transcript

Reconciliation: take the next step – what is the next step in terms of the peoples’ movement of Reconciliation. At this public forum hear what two extremely well respected, strong advocates for the journey of healing and reconciliation have to say about what taking the next steps means to them.

After the forum there will be an opportunity for questions and answers, as well as a public discussion.


Doris Pilkington - Nugi Garimara - Co-Patron Journey of Healing

Doris Pilkington - Nugi Garimara winner in 1991 of the prestigious David Unaipon Award for her first book Caprice: A Stockman’s Daughter and also internationally recognised for her second book in 1996 Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. Doris, like her mother, was forcibly removed from her family and through her works she has been able to educate many individuals about the traumas and hurt felt by the stolen generations. She is currently the Co-Patron of the Journey of Healing along with the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH.

Elliott Johnston QC AO - Co-Patron Reconciliation SA Inc

Elliott Johnston QC AO was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1940 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1970. He became a Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia in June 1983 and retired in February 1988. He was the Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He has always had a strong commitment to social justice and Reconciliation South Australia Inc is delighted that he is a Co-Patron of the organisation along with Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE.

Chairperson: David Rathman AM - Executive Director, Department of Education, Training & Employment

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