2019 HC Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture

The Hon Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, and Member for Barton, will be delivering the 2019 HC Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University.

Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14 year career in the NSW Parliament as the Member for Canterbury. During her state political career she served as minister in a number of senior portfolios including as minister for Community Services and later as Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services. She has since been appointed Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.

As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives. Linda's commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years.

About the HC Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture

The HC Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture is jointly hosted by Charles Darwin University and The Australian National University. The lecture is delivered by a leading Indigenous Australian and provides an opportunity to discuss current issues faced by Australia's First Nations people to advance the community's understanding of these important issues.

The lecture is named in honour of Dr Herbert Cole (H. C., better known as "Nugget") Coombs, born 24 February 1906 and died 29 October 1997. Nugget Coombs was an Australian economist and public servant probably best known for his role as Governor of the Reserve Bank (appointed in 1960), and who, in his post-retirement years, made a significant contribution to enhancing the rights of Australia's Indigenous peoples, especially to land.

Coombs was Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU) from 1968-1976. In 1973, ANU established its North Australia Research Unit in Darwin. In retirement in 1977, Coombs became a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies (CRES) in Canberra. It was in this capacity that he began visiting NARU's newly acquired offices and residential accommodation from the early 1980s. Nugget became a regular visitor for quite extended periods for more than a decade.