Book Launch & Talk - Reluctant Representatives: blackfella bureaucrats speak in Australia's North


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Presenter:  Elizabeth Ganter

Date: Feb 23, 2017

Time: 5:15pm to 6:45pm

Contact person:  National Archives of Australia, Darwin Office and Northern Territory Archives Service
T: 8999 6890
E: ntac@nt.gov.au

Location:  Northern Territory Archives Centre, Kelsey Crescent, Millner, NT 0810

Elizabeth Ganter’s new book is based on interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public servants in 2007. Ten years on, why are these interviews still interesting? Apart from the wit and honesty that shines through them, the tensions of representing are enduring themes for those who try reflecting their communities in government departments.

Elizabeth will describe her book, published through the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Monograph series, and give us a taste of the rich biographical material upon which it is based.

Elizabeth is a public servant and academic who lived and worked in the Northern Territory for over 25 years. Elizabeth was awarded two Northern Territory History Grants before completing her PhD with the ANU History program in 2010. Elizabeth now lives in Canberra and is delighted to return to Darwin to launch Reluctant Representatives.

Dr Will Sanders, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, CAEPR, will launch Reluctant Representatives on behalf of the Australian National University.

Bookings required by Wednesday 22 February 2017.

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