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On behalf of Australian Labor, we congratulate the recipients of this year’s NAIDOC Awards and we acknowledge their incredible contributions.

These extraordinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have made a difference for their people, their communities and their country.

Quite simply - our country is better as a result of their excellence, their advocacy and their leadership.

In particular, the role of First Nation’s women was a powerful thread woven into this year’s NAIDOC week, with the theme “Because of her, we can!” – shone a light on the essential role that First Nation’s women have played - and continue to play in our Nation.  

Labor recognises First Nations Women play a critical and active role at a local, regional, national and international level. Labor is committed to listening to their voices. We know that where their voices are heard, solutions lie. 

This year’s recipients are the among the best examples of this.

Alyawarre woman, Patricia Anderson AO, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. A woman who has selflessly dedicated her life to fighting for justice, education, health and welfare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
Bunuba woman, Dr June Oscar AO the recipient of this year’s Person of the Year award. The first female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, dedicated to fighting for vulnerable women and children, and championing the rights of her people.  

Because of these women, so many can. 

Labor thanks the National NAIDOC Committee for another wonderful week of celebration, reflection and activism.


Lifetime Achievement Award - Patricia Anderson AO 

Person of the Year - Dr June Oscar AO

 Female Elder of the Year - Aunty Lynette Nixon

Male Elder of the Year - Russell Charles Taylor AM

Sportsperson of the Year- Jack Peris

Apprentice of the Year - Folau Talbot. 

Scholar of the Year-  Professor Michelle Trudgett 

Artist of the Year - Adam Briggs

Youth of the Year-  Tamina Pitt

Caring for Country Award - Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation

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