Minister launches NAIDOC Week video she (probably) didn’t watch

A press release just received from Minister for Defence Marise Payne says Minister Payne today launched a video sharing the stories of past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service women and the women who have supported them in their careers.

However, in a classic case of narratives getting mixed, nobody cross checking and the Minister (probably) not pre-watching the video she was launching, the video features four Aboriginal people – three of them men! (though the video caption on YouTube is less misguided than the Minister’s women-specific opening paragraph – and following speech notes).



The video was launched at a ceremony in Sydney as part of NAIDOC Week 2018, with this year’s theme being ‘because of her we can’.

At the event, Minister Payne met with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, servicemen and women, recruits and candidates.

“Today women represent 19.5 percent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people serving in the permanent ADF,” Minister Payne said.

“Women also represent 61.7 percent of Defence’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Public Service workforce.

“These Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are contributing to operations, capability and community every day.

“Women like Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Alice Lovett, Martha Alley, Linda Nihill, Myrtle Harris, Ruby Harris, Annie Logan, Dorothy Saunders, and Marjorie Tripp led the way for the current generation of service men and women.”

Across NAIDOC Week 2018, Defence will celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have served, inspired and supported generations in both the Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service.

Minister Payne also acknowledged the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who make valuable contributions to Defence in supporting roles.

“Margaret Tucker was renowned for the significant contribution she made in WWII fundraising for the Red Cross and working in a munitions factory,” Minister Payne said.

Today’s video launch also featured a series of videos [links below] on the pathway programs designed to inspire and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women to pursue ADF careers.

“The Defence Indigenous Pathway Programs have an important role to play in Closing the Gap in employment, boosting participants’ skills and preparing many recruits for their future careers, wherever that may take them.”

Minister Payne said several of the recruits have followed family and friends into the ADF and many attribute their success to the support and encouragement of family.

“Sharing their stories and the stories of new recruits will help ensure the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women are aware of the opportunities which exist for them in Defence,” Minister Payne said.


EDITOR’S NOTE: CONTACT is quite familiar with the Defence’s Indigenous programs, we like their reasons for being, what they do and what we have heard and seen them achieve. We fully support them and will always run positive stories about them, when received. This story is not intended as attack on Defence’s Indigenous programs. It is purely intended as a backhander to sloppy spindoctoring – which does more harm than good to a good message – and an opportunity to write a cheap-shot, tongue-in-cheek headline.

IMAGE: Composite digital image by CONTACT (not from NAIDOC Week video launch).










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