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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Mick Gooda to be the new Social Justice Commissioner

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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