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Lecture to honour advocate for Indigenous Australians

By Louise Errington

Researcher, author and expert in Indigenous policy, Dr Will Sanders, will deliver the 2012 Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture on 3 October at CDU's Casuarina campus

An accomplished researcher and author will deliver a lecture at Charles Darwin University this month to commemorate the contribution of Dr Herbert Cole Coombs to Indigenous affairs.

In an address entitled "Coombs' Bastard Child: The Troubled Life of CDEP", Dr Will Sanders will trace the troubled but exciting life of Dr Coombs' brain-child: the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP).

The sixth in the Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture series, Dr Sanders' address will expand on how changing administering agencies and the passing of nearly 40 years have both shaped the life of the CDEP.

Fondly referred to as "Nugget", Dr Coombs has been described as one of the most influential Australians of the 20th Century. He supported and advised seven Prime Ministers over four decades and was Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia for eight years.

Dr Coombs was committed to the advancement of Aboriginal Australians, and was a major promoter of the idea underpinning the CDEP, which has been one of the most significant and largest Indigenous‐specific schemes Australia has seen.

A Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research division, Dr Sanders' research interests cover the political, social and economic aspects of Indigenous policy. This includes Indigenous people's participation in elections, federal and intergovernmental aspects of Indigenous affairs, and housing and social security.

The lecture is free to the public and will be held on Wednesday 3 October at 7pm at the Mal Nairn Auditorium, Building 7, Red Precinct, CDU Casuarina campus.

RSVP to E: or call 08 8920 9999 for further information.