Defence of Country: Aboriginal People Dealing With the Impacts of Globalisation in Australia

Thursday 30 July 2015
9.00 - 4.00pm

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Law School Foyer Level 2, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney


Challenges facing the protection of cultural heritage, country and lands.

Co-presented by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in conjunction with the Sydney Environment Institute as part of the Worldwide University Network (WUN) International Indigenous Research Network (IIRN) events on campus.

Extractive and other large scale corporate activities constitute an important source of environmental degradation and the abuse of the rights of Indigenous peoples’ Participants in this  roundtable are each in involved in activism around proposed or existing industries on their country. The participants will talk about the challenges that they are facing in protecting their cultural heritage, their country and lands. Importantly they will share their ideas for building alternative ways to achieve social and economic development.

Linking with issues being discussed at the United Nations, participants will also examine the importance of recognizing indigenous rights in Australian law,  prioritizing the protection of cultural heritage and the central role of self-determination and sustainable development.


•Adrian Burragubba, Wangan and Jagalingou, (Qld)
•Harold Furber, Arrente Desert Peoples Precinct, Alice Springs, (NT)
•Clayton Lewis, Aboriginal Heritage Action Alliance, (WA)
•Steven Wantarri Janpijimpa Patrick, Walbiri, (NT)
•Dr Anne Poelina, Nyikina Mangala, (WA)
•Paul Spearim, Gamilaraay, (NSW)
•Curtis Taylor, Mardu, (WA)