Koori Mail editor chosen for 2020 Summit

Kirstie Parker, the managing editor of The Koori Mail, Australias national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander newspaper, has been selected to attend the 2020 Summit to contribute to the discussion on Indigenous affairs.

I think weve been through a real period of change, after a tumultuous period in Indigenous relations, Ms Parker said. The Howard Government had a firm and different view on Indigenous affairs to previous governments and since the abolition of ATSIC in 2005 theres been a lot of flux. The national apology provides a bit of a window of opportunity for a ceasefire in what had become quite a fractious relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people at a national level of dialogue.

Theres been some debate in previous years about symbolic gestures versus practical action and I dont see that you have to choose you can have both. Weve had the important symbol, the apology, now that needs to be followed up with an action plan.

The Koori Mail is wholly-owned by Aboriginal people with the head office in Bundjalung country, on Molesworth Street, Lismore.


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