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Australian Genocide

Larissa Behrendt, Nayuka Gorrie & Julie Gough

The mapping of our turbulent history is happening in many forms across the country,  through painstaking research by historians, archaeologists, artists and descendants . How will it change the way we think about Australia?

Hosted by Rhoda Roberts.

In the Utzon Room.

Talks & Ideas | Antidote 

“We need a large and open vision sustained in truth, not myths that encourages dangerous illusions.”


Richard Flanagan

The truth of Australia’s history has long been hiding in plain sight

Around the nation calls are increasing for a national truth-telling process, for us to take ownership of our collective history.  This will be an essential discussion on how Australia can close the gap in public understanding about our colonial past and promote awareness of the historical and ongoing impact of past actions, and encourage all sides to move forward in a reconciled and peaceful way. 

More about the speakers...

Prof. Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. Larissa is a Land Commissioner at the Land and Environment Court and the Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She is the Chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. In 2002 she won the David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth WriterÕs Prize for her novel Home. Larissa is a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, a board member of Tranby Aboriginal College and a Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. She was named as 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. Their work spans social commentary and features in publications such as The Saturday Paper, the Guardian, The Lifted Brow and NITV, to television writing for Black Comedy and Get Krack!n. They have featured in the Queerstories, Going Postal: More than Yes or No and the Growing Up Queer in Australia anthology. They are a recipient of the Wheeler Centre's Next Chapter scheme. Nayuka is writing a book of essays exploring contemporary colonialism.

Julie Gough is a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist, writer and curator. Her art practice often involves uncovering and re-presenting conflicting and subsumed histories, many referring to her family's experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Since 1994 she has exhibited in more than 130 exhibitions. Gough holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania (2001), a Masters degree (visual arts) University of London, Goldsmiths College (1998), and Bachelor degrees in visual arts, prehistory and english literature.  In 2018 a monograph on her art: Fugitive History, was published by UWA Press, and her short fictionella: Shale, was produced by A Published Event. Gough’s artwork is held in most Australian state and national gallery collections, and she is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart. 

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