You’re invited to join us in celebrating the official launch of Goondeen - Understanding Australia with special guest the honourable Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Please come celebrate with us on Wednesday, April 18th from 9.30 am at Old Government House, Queensland University of Technology, 2B George Street, Brisbane City, QLD, 4000.
Come join us to meet and listen to the Goondeens - Everald Compton, Henry Palaszczuk and Uncle Albert Holt as introduce a book of discussion on the formation of what is Australia and who we are as Australians.
About the book:
What is Australia?
Who are Australians?
What is the meaning of Goondeen?
In Aboriginal terminology, a ‘Goondeen’ is a person respected for their wisdom, gleaned from long experience, an elder who is listened to and their opinions shared and acted upon. In this book, you will meet three Goondeens; Uncle Albert Holt, a Murri man and champion of equality; Henry Palaszczuk, a migrant, former MP and community advocate; and Everald Compton, a successful businessman and social activist.
Indigenous and non-indigenous, these three men have joined together to reflect on key historical moments during their lifetimes, and to ask probing, sometimes uncomfortable questions about what type of country Australia is, and who Australia are as a people.
For Everald Compton, Australia is a land of possibility but unfulfilled potential.
For Henry Palaszczuk, it is a place of opportunity and refuge, but also prejudice.
For Albert Holt, it is a country of discrimination and bigotry - and of hope.
This is not a history of Australia, it’s multi-faceted personal story of a country that is complicated, bold, negligent and wondrous. It challenges YOU to truly understand Australia, by reaching into your own conscience and deciding what type of Australian you are, what type of country you want to live in and Australia’s place in the world might be. It invites you to learn more about who Goondeens are, what is takes to become one and, above all, why Australia needs Goondeens.
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