Periodic Review of Australia at the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Informal Reflections

In late 2017 Dr Mary Graham travelled to Geneva as an observer for the periodic review of
Australia at the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the body
of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Mary travelled with Professor Irene Watson (PVC, UniSA) as
part of a First Nations Peoples’ submission to the CERD. In this informal talk Mary will reflect
on the background to her trip, the issues surrounding the submission, and the dynamics of the
committee’s work on Indigenous issues in relation to the Australian case.

Friday 23rd February 1-2:30pm, Room 537, Building 39A.

Bio: Dr Mary Graham is a Kombumerri person (Gold Coast) through her father’s heritage and affiliated
with Wakka Wakka (South Burnett) through her mother’s people. She has worked across several
government agencies, community organisations and universities including: Department of
Community Services, Aboriginal and Islander Childcare Agency, the University of Queensland and
the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action. Mary has also worked extensively
for the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action, as a Native Title Researcher and
she was also a Regional Counsellor for the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Commission. Mary has been a lecturer with The University of Queensland, teaching Aboriginal
history, politics and comparative philosophy. She has also lectured nationally on these and related
subjects. Her extensive contributions have been recognised with the award of an honorary
doctorate from QUT.