Tuesday, 8 July 2014

NCWA Mid-Term Conference

The NCWA Mid -Term Conference, held at the Chifley Resort, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, from 27th May,  to the Dawn Service on Anzac Hill on Friday 30th a.m., was a great success. 

This photo (courtesy Rowena Chen)  shows the Victorian delegation with Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women; Associate Professor Dea Delaney-Thiele (CEO) and Karin Williams (VIC) from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance, NCWA President  Julie Morris and Monica Glenn OAM, veteran of the first NCW NT established in 1964.

Some of the outstanding speakers were Dr Patricia Miller AO, Deputy Administrator of the Northern Territory who welcomed delegates  to Alice Springs; Local member, The Honourable Bess Nungarrayi  Price, NT Minister for Women’s Policy, Community Services, Statehood, Parks and Wildlife; Former NT Senator Trish Crossin; Jan Turner from Reconciliation Australia who spoke about the process and options  for the forth coming referendum  on recognition of Aboriginal and Toees Strait Islanders in the Constitution; Three Board members from NATSIWA the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alliance and Senator the Honorable Michaelia Cash, Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women who read a message to the conference from the Prime Minister.

Two Honorary Life Vice Presidents were elected in recognition of their outstanding contributions to NCWA: Joan M. Elliston AM (NCW NSW) and Judith A.Parker AM (NCW WA).

Resolutions: Five resolutions were adopted including the one presented by NCW Victoria on Forced, servile/early, underage marriage which was carried unanimously.