Filmmaker Rachel Perkins will today use a landmark speech to push for renewed action on Indigenous recognition.
The award-winning director, responsible for iconic films such as Bran Nue Dae and Radiance, will call on Australians to set aside their differences and strive to create a “more holistic national identity” ahead of the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay.
Ms Perkins is presenting this year’s Boyer Lecture series, an annual event that sees a prominent Australian discuss an issue of national importance. The first lecture of 2019, to be broadcast on ABC TV on Friday afternoon, will re-examine the various attempts to recognise Indigenous Australians over the past few decades.
Ms Perkins, the daughter of the late Aboriginal-rights activist Charles Perkins, will then outline why she believes Australians should unite behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The document, endorsed by a gathering of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in May 2017, asks Australians to change the constitution to give Indigenous Australians a say in the laws and policies that affect them.