Senator Lidia Thorpe will give the 2020 Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture, with Lee Rhiannon speaking on the life and times of Juanita Nielsen and the history of the Green Bans.

Lidia Thorpe, a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, is an activist and Greens Senator for Victoria. Prior to that she was the member for Northcote in the Victorian Parliament. Lidia is the first Aboriginal Senator from Victoria and the first Aboriginal woman elected to the Victorian parliament.  Before entering parliament Lidia was the managing director of Clan Corporation, a sustainable housing and renewable energy business catering to remote Aboriginal communities. She has also been the chair of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee; the Aboriginal employment adviser for the Municipal Association of Victoria; and project manager with the East Gippsland Shire Council. The Australian Conservation Foundation employed Lidia as their First Nations Consultant.

Lee Rhiannon, who initiated the Annual Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture in 2001, will introduce Lidia and speak about the life and times of Juanita and the Green Bans movement. This event is organised by the Greens Political Education Trust. In the 19 years of this series all speakers have been women.

Juanita Nielsen was murdered in 1975 for taking a stand against overdevelopment, illegal gambling and corruption. This annual lecture series is held to commemorate Juanita’s life and to encourage the recognition of women in public life who are standing up on issues that matter, including equality, public ownership, environmental protection and fighting government corruption and vested interests. 

15th December, 2020 6:30 PM   through   8:00 PM

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