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Senate occasional lecture series

First Nations languages in Parliament

Dr Raymond Kelly

Date: Friday 18 October 2019
Time: 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Location: Main Committee Room, Parliament House

Portrait of Dr Raymond Kelly

Dr Ray Kelly has been a prominent figure in the area of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Protection in NSW for the past 35 years. In 2012 he was appointed to the NSW Heritage Council where he served two terms. He is a current member of the NSW Aboriginal Community Heritage Advisory Committee, and was a member of the expert advisory group to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs on Aboriginal languages in NSW.

Dr Kelly is also a playwright, actor and singer with a special interest in historical Thangatti cultural material—Songs from the land, by the people for the people. He has been researching and writing in his Thangatti Language since 2006. In 2015 he was awarded a PhD from the University of Newcastle for his thesis entitled: 'Dreaming the Keepara: New South Wales Indigenous Cultural Perspectives, 1808—2007'.

Since 2003 the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs has been responsible for Aboriginal Languages Policy, the Aboriginal Languages Research and Resource Centre, and supporting local language activities through its grant programs. The NSW Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 is the first legislation in Australia to acknowledge the significance of First Nations languages. Dr Kelly was granted permission to speak on the floor of the NSW Parliament during the passage of this legislation on 24 October 2017. In this lecture, Dr Raymond Kelly will explore the notion of First Nations language use on the floor of Parliament. What are some of the obvious impediments and challenges, and what are the potential benefits of this cross cultural dialogue for the nation?


Past lectures

2019

Date Presenter Transcript Type
8/03/2019 Professor Ken Benoit Analysing the Brexit debate through social media: topics, arguments, and attitudes
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)
12/04/2019 Professor Joo-Cheong and Kate Griffiths Electoral campaign financing-two perspectives
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)
7/06/2019 Dr Cathy Foley Why do we fund government research labs? What have they done for us?
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)
5/07/2019 Associate Professor David Karpf Lessons from the first 25 years of the digital revolution in politics
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)
26/07/2019 Professor Lisa Hill and Dr Jill Sheppard Compulsory Voting: Effects, Public Acceptance and Democratic Justification
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)
20/09/2019 Andrew Murray The Senate - the struggle continues
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)

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