In this week’s program, we talk about the Prime Minister’s new Indigenous Advisory Council.
On 8th February this year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion announced changes to the membership of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
The purpose of the Indigenous Advisory Council is to provide the Government with a range of expert advice about practical changes that can be made to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
When Prime Minister Turnbull announced the new membership of this Council, he said that the Council would “play an important role by engaging at the heart of Government, including with the Indigenous Policy Committee of Cabinet; collaborating with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders; and ensuring the Government is well positioned to renew the expiring Closing the Gap targets in the year ahead”.
One of the new members of the Indigenous Advisory Council is Andrea Mason, the Chief Executive Officer of the NPY Women’s Council, who was named Australian Businesswoman of the Year in November 2016, just two weeks after receiving the title of Northern Territory Australian of the Year. We talk with Andrea about her involvement on the Indigenous Advisory Council and how she understands the Council’s role and focus.