Opening Plenary

Opening Plenary, Wednesday 5 July, 2017, 9.00am

University of Sydney, Camperdown campus, New Law Lecture Theatre 101

ANZCA2017 will open with an Indigenous media plenary session, marking the anniversary of the 1967 referendum in Australia, and the 10th anniversary of National Indigenous Television (NITV). Deterritorialising Media: Resilience and Activism will explore key changes to Indigenous media practice, publishing and policy over the last decade. Chair Professor Bronwyn Carlson, formerly of the University of Wollongong, is now the new director of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University.  Her guests will include Daniel Browning, presenter of ABC Radio National’s Awaye!; Summer May Finlay, public health consultant with Cox Inall Ridgeway and #JustJustice campaigner; Allan Clarke, journalist with NITV and formerly Buzzfeed and Fairfax Media; Māori Radio and e-tangata.co.nz editor, Dale Husband; and Amy McQuire, freelance journalist for the Guardian, New Matilda, The Saturday Paper and presenter of Let’s Talk on Brisbane 98.9 FM.

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Bronwyn is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW. She was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous grant in 2013 for research on Aboriginal identity and community online, and has since received a second ARC in 2016 for her research on Indigenous help-seeking on social media. Bronwyn is the author of The Politics of Identity: who counts as Aboriginal today?  (2016, Aboriginal Studies Press) and has co-edited a special issue on Indigenous Activism on Social Media for the Australasian Journal of Information Systems due out in July 2017.

Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist and radio broadcaster. A descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland, Daniel presents and produces Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC RN which surveys contemporary cultural practice across the arts spectrum. His long career has included stints as the news director of Triple J and arts reporter for ABC Radio News. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely-published freelance arts writer and guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, an occasional series of the quarterly Australian contemporary arts journal.

Summer May Finlay is a Yorta Yorta woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie. She has worked in health communications, promotion, social marketing and policy at state and national levels and has strong professional connections across the country in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sector. She is Acting Public Health Association of Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President, an Honorary Associate of Sydney University, a journalist with Croakey.org and is undertaking PhD studies in the School of Population Health, University of South Australia.

Allan Clarke is a presenter, producer and investigative reporter for Australia’s Indigenous television network NITV. He grew up in a small, remote Aboriginal community in outback New South Wales. Allan, a Muruwari man, became fascinated with the media at an early age after watching negative news about his community, finding it hard to reconcile the ‘poverty porn’ on the screen with the reality on the ground. That sparked his lifelong passion to ensure fair, honest media coverage of Australia’s Indigenous communities. Before joining NITV, Allan shaped BuzzFeed Australia’s first national Indigenous affairs round, was a news journalist with ABC Television and a video journalist at SBS Television. In 2015, Allan was nominated for a Walkley award for a series of investigative stories about youth suicide and incarceration in remote Aboriginal communities.

Dale Husband is a veteran broadcaster with Auckland’s only Māori radio station Radio Waatea 603am. A key member of the Waatea English news team, Dale is also one of the leading Māori radio announcers in the country. He is Radio Waatea’s Te Wahanga Parakuihi breakfast host and is a lead sports commentator for the Auckland Warriors games for Sky Television and Māori Television’s English sports commentaries. Dale is also an editor of, and writer for, E-Tangata an online Sunday magazine specialising in top quality, highly readable feature stories on Māori and Pasifika personalities, events and issues. It’s published by the Mana Trust which is an independent charitable organisation focused on helping build a better informed and more inclusive New Zealand society.

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist who has worked in Indigenous media in Australia for nearly a decade. She has been the editor of two national Indigenous newspapers – the National Indigenous Times and Tracker Magazine, and a political correspondent for National Indigenous Television. Amy is currently a journalist for New Matilda, the Guardian, the Saturday paper and the Monthly, and presents the Let’s Talk programme on Brisbane Indigenous radio station ’98.9 FM’.  She is on the board of the peak body for Indigenous media, the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA). Her passion is Aboriginal affairs and human rights