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Mick Gooda to be the new Social Justice Commissioner

Date posted: 16 December 2009

Mr Gooda will be the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, replacing Tom Calma who has been in the position since 2004. The five-year appointment will begin in February 2010.

Attorney General Robert McClelland formally named Mick Gooda as the new commissioner on 16 December 2009. Mr McClelland said "Mr Gooda has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians and will make a valuable contribution to the work of the commission in protecting and promoting human rights, particularly with respect to Indigenous issues".

Mr Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland and has worked for 25 years on Indigenous policy issues. A former ATSIC chief executive, he presently serves as the chief executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health. Mr Gooda was also a member of the Western Australian Premier's Advisory Council on Racial Discrimination, and is a valued member of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Advisory Board.


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Last updated: 28 January 2010
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