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Logan hosts Australia's first Indigenous female politician

Published: 26 May 2017

Logan hosts Australia's first Indigenous female politician

A special Reconciliation Week event will be held in Logan next week involving Australia’s first Indigenous woman elected to Federal Parliament.

Nova Peris, who is also an Australian Olympic gold medallist, will visit the city for two special functions next Wednesday (31 May).

Sport and Community Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said Ms Peris would firstly be the guest speaker at a Council breakfast for staff.

“She will then take part in a meet and greet session at Logan Central Library from 9.30am to 11am with community elders and other members of the public and we invite people to come along to meet her,” Cr Swenson said.

“Ms Peris will be taking part in a special conversation on reconciliation as part of National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May to 3 June.

2017 marks three significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum involving two amendments to the Australian constitution relating to Indigenous Australians, 25 years since the historic Mabo Indigenous land rights decision and 20 years since the Stolen Children National Inquiry Bringing them home report was tabled in Federal Parliament.

“As a former Senator for the Northern Territory, Ms Peris is a passionate campaigner for Indigenous rights and reconciliation in Australia and is sure to deliver a wonderful address.”

Cr Swenson said Ms Peris was also well-known for her prowess on the sporting field.

“She was also the first Aboriginal Australian and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic gold medal as part of the successful Australian women's hockey team at the 1996 Olympic Games.

“We look forward to welcoming her to Logan and encourage the community to book for the library session.”

Bookings are essential and can be made by visiting http://loglib.org/novaperis