Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA
Co Chair of the National Congress of Australia's first peoples
Jacqueline Gail "Jackie" Huggins AM FAHA is an Indigenous Australian author, historian and Aboriginal rights activist of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples. She is the Deputy Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland and a Spokesperson for Recognise.
Huggins is a former Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, the former Chair of the Queensland Domestic Violence Council, and has been a member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the AIATSIS Council, and Co-Commissioner for Queensland for the Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children. In 2001 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her work with Indigenous people, particularly in reconciliation, literacy, women's issues and social justice. In 2007 Huggins was named University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year. She has published a wide range of essays and studies dealing with Indigenous history and identity. She is the author of Sistergirl (University of Queensland Press, 1998), and co-author, with Rita Huggins, of the critically acclaimed biography Auntie Rita (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Mick Gooda resigned from the Australian Human Rights Commission effective 1 August 2016 to take up a position as Royal Commissioner for the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory.
Mick is a proud Gangulu person from Central Queensland
Mick Gooda commenced his term as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in early 2010.
As Social Justice Commissioner, he advocates for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and seeks to promote respect and understanding of these rights among the broader Australian community.
Mick is particularly passionate about closing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, a move he says is “non-negotiable”.
Mick has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs throughout Australia for over 35 years and has always maintained and actively promotes the concept of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being intimately involved in decisions that affect them. He is currently on the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
His focus has been on the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Immediately prior to taking up the position of Social Justice Commissioner, Mick was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health for close to five and a half years. Here, he drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘front and centre’ in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers.
Mick is a proud Gangulu person from Central Queensland and in his spare time, can usually be found in the Sunshine State.