Martu visit Canberra
In November, KJ had a very successful trip to Canberra, talking to government departments and to Ministers and their advisors. The group spent a lot of time in Parliament House and in government offices.
Four Martu directors – Gladys Bidu, Lewis Williams, Andrew Minyardie and Elstreia Hale – accompanied advisory directors and senior managers to a range of meetings. The Martu directors talked about the success of the men’s and women’s leadership programs and about KJ’s future strategies.
Everybody congratulated the group on KJ’s being a finalist in the Indigenous Governance Awards (and, finally, on the award) and also told the group that KJ had a very good reputation in Canberra.
The group did a number of presentations, including to two large audiences – a workshop held by the Australian Council for International Development and a presentation to the Culture and Capability branch of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Many people from each of these groups complimented the Martu presenters on their presentations.
On the Friday night a Martu film night was held at the National Film and Sound Archive. Over 70 people turned up to watch the films and ask questions during the Q&A.
As always, the trip to Canberra was a lot of work and by the end of the week, everyone was very tired. But everyone learned a lot about government, and government learned a lot from Martu.