I congratulate Ms June Oscar AO on her appointment today as the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
I have known Ms Oscar for many years and have admired her passionate advocacy for Indigenous Australians.
Ms Oscar’s appointment demonstrates the central role Indigenous women play in bringing about social change and I look forward to working closely with her in the future.
Ms Oscar is a Bunuba woman and community leader in the Kimberley region of Western Australia who has had a broad range of experience working in Indigenous policy.
In 2007 Ms Oscar led a successful campaign to restrict the sale of full-strength takeaway alcohol in the Fitzroy Valley.
She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for “distinguished service to the Indigenous community of Western Australia, particularly through health and social welfare programmes”.
Ms Oscar is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing.
Ms Oscar’s appointment as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in the Australian Human Rights Commission will be for five years beginning on 3 April 2017.