National Reconciliation Week panel discussion

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To celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2021, ANU is hosting a panel discussion on this year's theme 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action',  which asks people to take this awareness and knowledge, and use it as springboard to more substantive, brave action.

The panel will focus on the question, what could we change if First Nations people and non-Indigenous Australians came together? What change could we effect if we considered and utilised our First Nations knowledge? How can we tackle our nation's biggest problems including the treatment of women in society and the future of our health as a unified nation?

Join the Hon Linda Burney MP, Geraldine Chin Moody and Professor Rae Frances with ABC Radio National Breakfast host Fran Kelly to discuss what we could achieve together.

The discussion will be followed by a reception in the Cultural Centre foyer.

Our panel

The Hon Linda Burney MP

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 and from 2018 served as Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence. Ms Burney is currently serving as 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.

Professor Rae Frances

Rae Frances is Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of History at The Australian National University. 

She has published on the history of work, women's history, Aboriginal/European contact history, religious and community history and has also co-edited several collections of essays on Australian and New Zealand history.

Her books include The Politics of Work, which won the Australian Historical Association's Hancock Prize, Women and the Great War (co-authored with Bruce Scates), which won the New South Wales Premier's History Prize and Selling Sex: A Hidden History of Prostitution, which was short-listed for the Ernest Scott History Prize. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Geraldine Chin Moody

Geraldine Chin Moody is a co-founder of 5H Values Capital which advises and invests in impact-driven businesses lead by 5H Leaders. 5H Values Capital operates on the belief that leaders who are Humble, Honest, Happy, Hungry and High-Performing will build and grow successful organisations that are a force for good.

Geraldine is currently an advisory board member at the ANU Centre for Asian Australian Leadership. She has held senior leadership roles across a broad range of sectors including aviation, professional services, finance and not-for-profits where she has been a passionate champion of inclusion and diversity. Geraldine has also served on the Board of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, the Management Committee of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, and the Advisory Board of Welcoming Australia. She also founded the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community in Sydney.

Geraldine  has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the NSW Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year. 


Fran Kelly 

ABC Radio National Breakfast host Fran Kelly has earned a reputation as an intelligent, informed and balanced journalist who has been a key contributor to the nation's political and social debates for the past 20 years. She appears regularly as a panellist and commentator on ABC television's Insiders, engaging in debate and discussion with other experienced political journalists.