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Council member profiles

Two positions on the Council are currently vacant pending appointments by the Minister.

Professor Michael Dodson, AM

Professor Michael Dodson, AM, (Chairperson) is a member of the Yawuru peoples the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University (ANU). He is a professor of law at the ANU College of Law. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, and he served as Commissioner from April 1993 to January 1998. Professor Dodson was Australian of the Year in 2009.

Professor John Maynard

Professor John Maynard (Deputy Chairperson) is a Worimi man from the Port Stephens region of New South Wales (NSW). He is currently an Australian Research Council Australian Research Fellow (Indigenous). He was formerly Professor of Indigenous Studies and Director of the Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle. He obtained his doctorate in 2003, examining the rise of early Aboriginal political activism.
Professor Maynard was a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, the NSW History Council and the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council and has worked with and within many Aboriginal communities, urban, rural and remote. He is the author of four books, including Aboriginal Stars of the Turf, Fight for Liberty and Freedom and The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe.

Emeritus Professor Robert Tonkinson

Born and raised in Perth, Emeritus Professor Bob Tonkinson took his Honours and Master’s degrees in social anthropology at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he later held the Chair in Anthropology (from 1984 until his retirement in 2003). He obtained his doctorate in anthropology at the University of British Columbia (1972), and taught at the University of Oregon (1968–80) and the ANU (1980–84) before returning to Western Australia.
From the 1960s, Professor Tonkinson conducted research with Desert Martu people and in Vanuatu. He has been active in land claim research on behalf of the Martu, who gained title to the bulk of their traditional homelands in 2002.

June Oscar

Ms June Oscar AO is a Bunuba Woman from the Central Kimberley region. Recently Ms Oscar was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia. The Award is a fitting national recognition of her significant personal contribution and long term commitment to improving the lives of the people in the Fitzroy Valley. She has a Bachelor of Business from Notre Dame University and is presently the CEO of Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre. She is the Kimberley member of the Indigenous Women’s Congress and an Ambassador for Children and Young People in Western Australia. She is involved in the Marulu Project focusing on research into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Ms Oscar is a strong advocate and activist for the recognition, rights, preservation and promotion of Indigenous Australian languages. A former Chair of the Kimberly Language Resource Centre, and the Kimberley Interpreting Service, she is now a member of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, comprising senior men and women who are the custodians and teachers of Aboriginal law, ceremonies, dance and songs. She sits on the Governing Committee for the Fitzroy Futures Forum, is a Director for the local community radio station, Wangkiyupurnanupurru


Robynne Quiggin

Ms Robynne Quiggin is CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute based in Sydney. She is descended from the Wiradjuri people of central western NSW, with family in the NSW towns of Euabalong, Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin. Robynne has practiced as a solicitor since 2000, specialising in legal and cultural issues for Indigenous Australians, including consumer and intellectual property law.

As a senior policy officer and researcher, she participated in a number of United Nations human rights and biodiversity forums. She also worked as a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Notre Dame.

Most recently Robynne was Senior Manager of ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program assisting Indigenous consumers to resolve issues with providers of financial services including banking, credit, insurance and superannuation, as well as raising awareness with industry about cultural and regulatory issues for Indigenous Australians. In November 2013 Robynne was appointed CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI).

Robynne has served on the boards of the Arts Law Centre of Australia and Gadigal Information Services (incorporating Koori Radio). In 2013 she joined the Board of Bangarra, and in 2104 she was appointed as a Trustee of the Australian Museum.

Dana Ober

Associate Professor Mark Wenitong is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Tropical Public Health at James Cook University, and is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. He is the Senior Medical Advisor to Apunipima Cape York Health Council. He was the Senior Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Services in Cairns for the previous nine years, and he has also worked as the medical advisor for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Canberra. He is founder and a past president of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, and was the acting CEO of NACCHO, as well as the NACCHO PHMO in 2013. Dr Wenitong received the 2011 Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) President’s Award for Excellence in Healthcare, and was one of the Chief Research Investigators who received the 2013 AMA award for best research publication in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2012.

Mr Kado Muir

Mr Kado Muir is an anthropologist/archaeologist with many years’ experience working in Aboriginal Heritage, traditional ecological knowledge and native title research. He has formerly been a member of the AIATSIS Research Advisory and has a long association with AIATSIS. Kado is currently Chair of the Ngalia Foundation which manages a number of community based research projects, including the Goldfields Aboriginal Languages Project, Goldfields Indigenous Heritage project and Traditional ecological knowledge projects through the Walkatjurra Rangers. Kado operates a number of businesses including an Aboriginal tour business, a heritage research and community development consultancy business. He is a long-time activist, currently engaged in campaigns to stop uranium mining and promote alternative community based enterprises. He will bring to AIATSIS a strong community-based Indigenous research perspective and is interested in private sector funding for public collections and research.