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2023 Charles Perkins Oration by Rachel Perkins

21 September 2023, the University of Sydney

This year’s Charles Perkins Oration on 19 September held particular significance as Australia prepares to vote in a referendum to recognise the First Peoples of Australia in the Constitution by enshrining a Voice to Parliament. The Oration was delivered by Rachel Perkins, daughter of Charles Perkins, who played a key role advocating for a ‘yes’ vote in the 1967 Referendum and in organising the Freedom Ride while a student at the University of Sydney.

View the 2023 Dr Charles Perkins Oration. Rachel Perkins address commences at 24mins after a Welcome to Country by Charles Maddern (Uncle Chicka), messages from Belinda Hutchinson ACAM, Chancellor and Mark Scott AM, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney; the awarding of prizes to the three recipients of this year’s Charles Perkins Awards, and a personal story and performance by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO. Deborah performed her own composition Bundjil Ngalingu, accompanied by Sarah Presswich, Daniel Yidden on cello and Yuen-Jung Bui-Yuan on piano.

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