In October Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates and members came together on Yaggera and Turrabul country in Meanjin (Brisbane) for the second Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Conference.
Members were led by co-chairs Maria, Yonnipin, Kevin and Aggie to get to know each other and have in-depth conversations about the issues most important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members at work and in the community. The big topics of conversation were Path to Treaty, tackling institutional racism, workforce issues and accommodation and housing issues in remote and regional areas.
Members heard from the Secretary of the WA branch of the Australian Services Union, Wayne Wood, who shared his story as an Aboriginal secretary, his branch’s campaigns against privatisation and the power of being union.
A big thank you to the co-chairs for all of their hard work in bringing this conference together and facilitating these important conversations.
Members are looking forward to creating a Together network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates to continue the conversations before the next conference in 2023.