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Lesley Williams


Professional Bio

This year's Loris Williams oration will be delivered by Aunty Lesley Williams (no relation to Loris). Lesley, a respected Murri (Aboriginal) Elder, is best known for instigating the domestic and international Justice for Aboriginal Workers campaign. In 2002 this campaign resulted in the Queensland State Government delivering an historic reparation package of $55.4 million to all Indigenous workers who had their wages and savings controlled by past governments. In 2003 she was awarded the Centenary medal for her distinguished services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Lesley has co-produced and consulted on a number of documentary films including The Ration Shed and For Their Own Good, and co-wrote On The Banks of the Barambah: A History of Cherbourg.

Lesley's Presentations

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Boulevard Auditorium
Keynote 2 Records of Stolen Wages in Queensland