The 'talk Of The Town' This Month Is - Talk Blak 2008 - Land Rights! When Do We Want It? Now!

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Media Release

29 May 2008


The ‘talk of the town’ this month is 

Talk Blak 2008 - Land Rights! When do we want it? Now!

A panel of Australia’s most prominent experts will assemble at Federation Square on Tuesday 3

June to present, discuss and debate issues surrounding country, land rights, traditional owners’

rights and the native title maze, as part of Melbourne Conversations, a free monthly talk series

presented by the City of Melbourne.   

Talk Blak 2008 has attracted a well respected panel of passionate Australians including:

Adam McLean - a barrister, responsible for the first Indigenous Land Use Agreement in


Warren Mundine a passionate advocate for lifting Indigenous people out of poverty and

building a strong economy, currently CEO of NTSCORP Ltd

Gary Murray activist and founding member of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal

Corporation, traditional owner in Victoria  

Aretha Briggs activist, language/culture specialist and passionate about the revival and

reclamation of Victoria’s languages and culture back into modern Indigenous and Australian

family/community life. 

Reconciliation Victoria’s CEO, Frank Hytten, is the moderator for this month’s Melbourne

Conversations forum.

Acting Lord Mayor, Gary Singer, is looking forward to the City of Melbourne’s annual Talk Blak forum

on Indigenous issues. 

“The issues facing Indigenous Australians impact us all and I encourage interested members of the

public to come along and have their say on these important issues as the city celebrates Indigenous

culture,” the Acting Lord Mayor said.  


Melbourne Conversations free public forum about country, land rights, traditional owner’s

rights and the native title maze.  


Tuesday, 3 June 2008


5pm – 6.15pm (entry from 4.30pm)


BMW Edge, Federation Square, Cnr. Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne


Australian experts will present, discuss and debate the issues of land rights for

Indigenous Australians.

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Free Entry – no bookings required

Melbourne Conversations is a series of regular, free discussions exploring issues and topics that make

Melbourne – and Melburnians – tick.  Developed by the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Conversations aims to

provide information, engagement and entertainment through free talks about popular themes. Melbourne

Conversations commenced in 2001 and has delivered over 125 events to a combined audience of over 35,000

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For further media information or bios/interviews with panellists please contact:

Emma Smith, Media Adviser, City of Melbourne

Paul Williams, Lord Mayor’s Media Adviser

Ph: (03) 9658 9740 / 0400 525 914 

Ph: (03) 9658 9484 / 0411 235 434



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