17 December 2014 | General Interest
SNAICC has welcomed the news of Mick Gooda’s reappointment as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, which will see him serve in the role for a further two years.
Attorney-General George Brandis announced the reappointment at the 2014 Human Rights Awards on 10 December 2014.
“I look forward to Mr Gooda’s continued contribution in this role,” Mr Brandis said.
Australian Human Rights Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs, also praised Mr Gooda’s application to the role and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
“Commissioner Gooda has been a powerful advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Professor Triggs said.
“Mick has strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and has been a strong voice on their behalf.”
The Social Justice Commissioner is responsible for examining and reporting on the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and recommending actions that should be taken to ensure these rights are observed.
Mr Gooda was first appointed to the role within the Australian Human Rights Commission in February 2010.
Mr Gooda has a long experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, having worked in remote, rural and urban environments throughout Australia for over 30 years.