Senate Occasional Lecture Series

Public lunchtime lectures held at Parliament House in Canberra, on topics related to Parliament and governance. Transcripts, audio and television recordings of past lectures are also available.

Senate occasional lecture series

Parliamentary processes from an Indigenous perspective

Date: Friday, 21 September 2018
Time: 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Location: Main Committee Room, Parliament House

In this lecture to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parliament House, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and Senator Patrick Dodson share their reflections on their work as federal parliamentarians.

Portrait of the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP is the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health. He has served as the Assistant Minister for Health (2015–16) and Health and Aged Care (2016–17). Mr Wyatt is a proud Noongar, Tamatji and Wongi man and was elected in 2010 as the Federal Member for Hasluck, the first Aboriginal Member of the House of Representatives.

Portrait of the Hon Linda Burney MP
Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

Malarndirri McCarthy is a Labor Senator for Northern Territory (including Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands). She first entered the public sphere as a journalist with the ABC and more recently for SBS/NITV, serving also in the Northern Territory Assembly. Senator McCarthy’s focus is to bring communities together and ensure remote communities are engaged with and listened to on a national level.

Portrait of Senator Patrick Dodson
Senator Patrick Dodson

Patrick Dodson is a Labor Senator for Western Australia and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. A Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia, he has extensive experience in Aboriginal affairs, previously as director of the Central and Kimberley Land Councils and as a commissioner during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He served as inaugural chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as co-chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Past lectures


Date Presenter Transcript Type
16/03/2018 George Megalogenis Restoring respect
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)
13/04/2018 Dr Ben Wellings Taking Back Control: Parliament, Sovereignty & Brexit
Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)
11/05/2018 Professor Kim Dovey Architecture and Power: How Do Buildings Shape Politics?

Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)

17/08/2018 Professor Ariadne Vromen Political engagement in the Australian Digital Context

Video (Parlview)
Audio (MP3)


Lecture transcripts, audio and television recordings