Dr Virginia Marshall at Myroodah Crossing in West Kimberley. Photo by Leena Fraser.

Dr Virginia Marshall at Myroodah Crossing in West Kimberley. Photo by Leena Fraser.

Towards truth and reconciliation

The great speech

In this lecture, delivered at ANU, Dr Virginia Marshall poses the question: Are Australia's frameworks, laws and policies robust enough to ensure Aboriginal communities can exercise cultural and economic control in light of the principles of self-determination? Here is an edited extract of her speech.

Aboriginal people face many barriers when it comes to succeeding in higher education. As the 2016 Review of Australia’s Research Training System found, Indigenous students are one of the most under-represented groups in Higher Degrees by Research.

This is an area where much more progress needs to be made and one where I believe ANU is taking the lead. The pursuit of excellence has always been a hallmark of Indigenous society, where men and women ‘of high degree’ were universally valued and revered.