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Australian Perspectives

A free teacher professional learning program on First Nations, gender and migration

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24 January 2022, 10am


Join us for the 60-minute premiere screening of Australian Perspectives: First Nations, Gender, Migration.


Hear Steph Tisdell, Professor Clare Wright and Saroo Brierley share their personal stories and reflect on the defining moments that have shaped them.


Gain access to full video content on demand, where special guests, teachers, students and curators delve deeper into each theme and their relevance to the Australian Curriculum.

Australian Perspectives will give you tools to incorporate diverse stories in your classroom. These stories will encourage students to feel a sense of belonging and pride in their own identities and build intercultural understanding and respect for different viewpoints.

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A portrait photo of Steph Tisdell

Keynote speakers

Steph Tisdell

Steph is a comedian, commentator, actor and proud Indigenous woman. Before discovering comedy, her interest in politics and advocacy saw her enrolling in law. Her formidable intelligence and sense of social justice now permeates her material. As a Yidinji woman, she loves to share her culture and she hopes that her visibility will empower other Aboriginal artists. A luminescent presence on stage, her performance on ABC TV’s 2019 Oxfam Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala saw her invited to host in 2020. Steph has appeared on the Comedy Channel and on television shows such as Hughesy, We Have a Problem and The Project.

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Professor Clare Wright OAM

Clare is an historian, author, broadcaster and public commentator. She is a Professor of History, Principal Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow at La Trobe University, and is the author of the award-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. Clare hosted the ABC Radio National series Shooting the Past and has appeared on Q+A, The Project and Behind the News. She created, wrote and presented Utopia Girls and created and co-wrote The War That Changed Us, both for ABC TV. Clare is a co-founder and co-convenor of A Monument of One’s Own, a not-for-profit campaign promoting commemorative equality. In 2020 Clare was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to literature and to historical research.

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Saroo Brierley

Saroo is the author of the international bestselling autobiography A Long Way Home, which was adapted into the feature film Lion, nominated for four Golden Globes and six Academy Awards. After living on the streets of Calcutta alone for weeks, Saroo was placed in an orphanage and adopted by an Australian family. He lived in Hobart for the next 25 years. Unable and unwilling to forget his childhood, Saroo embarked on a virtual odyssey. After many hours searching Google Earth, armed only with his memories, he found his hometown and his mother. Saroo’s is a remarkable and touching story of survival and determination.

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Virginia Haussegger AM

Virginia is an award-winning journalist and gender equity advocate. Her extensive media career spans 30 years and she has reported around the globe for prime time current affairs programs. She anchored the ABC’s flagship TV news in Canberra from 2001 to 2016. In 2017 she established the 50|50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra. She currently hosts BroadTalk, a podcast about women, power and the wayward world, and writes regular commentary for Australian news media. In 2014 Virginia was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. She was also the 2019 ACT Australian of the Year.

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Guest panel speakers

Nathaniel Tamwoy

Nathaniel is a proud Argun man from Badu Island in the Torres Strait. He is completing his final year of an occupational therapy degree at the University of Sydney. Education has been a critical component of Nathaniel’s journey. However, smooth transitions have been rare. This was particularly the case when he left Country, community and culture to attend secondary school in Queensland. He formed relationships of love and trust with very few teachers – but there were some. He now has an education consultancy business called Ripple Effekt Consulting, in partnership with one of these educators. Nathaniel believes that his achievements are grounded in the history of his people and that their stories define who he is.

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Nevo Zisin

Nevo (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker. They run workshops in schools and professional development training in workplaces focusing on transgender identities. They are the author of the award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition, and The Pronoun Lowdown, a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns. They were named one of Out for Australia’s 30 Under 30 for 2019 and are a mentor for the Pinnacle Foundation, an ambassador for both Wear It Purple and the Victorian Pride Centre, and a member of the cast of Gender Euphoria – Australia’s largest all trans and gender diverse show on a main stage.

A portrait photo of Munjed Al Muderis

Professor Munjed Al Muderis

Munjed is an orthopaedic surgeon, clinical lecturer and author. As a first-year resident, Munjed was forced to flee Iraq as he refused Saddam’s regime’s brutal orders to surgically remove the ears of soldiers who had escaped from the army. He ended up on a flimsy wooden boat heading to his new home – Australia. His story is the subject of his 2014 book Walking Free. His life’s mission is to enable the disabled, restore mobility and give hope to the weak and vulnerable around the world, regardless of their creed or ethnicity. He is an ambassador for the Australian Red Cross and Amnesty International Australia, and a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. Munjed was the 2020 NSW Australian of the Year.

Australian Perspectives is brought to you by the National Museum of Australia with the generous support of Gandel Foundation.