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How First Nations People Experience Racism In Australia Today

Australia is coming up to The Voice Referendum and apparently becoming more of a “divided nation” by the day. But why do First Nations people need a special mention in the constitution? Shouldn’t the constitution cover them already?

Have you ever tried to explain to someone what sexism is but they just can’t see what you’re saying? The sexism is so ingrained that it’s invisible? What if racism is the same? That it’s so deeply ingrained in our culture that we can’t see it?

This is a hot topic in Australia at the moment: should our First Nations people have a say in policies and decisions that impact them? Isn’t that like saying that it’s necessary for women to be involved and consulted in the decisions and policies that impact women?

Yorta Yorta and Gunnai-Kurnai woman, Pamela Anderson, CEO of EMILY’s List Australia, explains to us the history of First Nations people after colonisation, how trauma is passed down through the generations and talks about the systemic racism that most white people don’t realise is present.


About Today’s Guest: Pamela Anderson

Pamela is a proud First Nations Woman with ancestors connected to the Yorta Yorta and GunnaiKurnai Mobs. Pamela has 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector working within various roles in mid-sized and large corporates before starting her own financial services business in 2016. Formal qualifications in Marketing and Communications, a Graduate Diploma in Financial services and is currently completing a Bachelor of Law at Deakin University.

Pamela is a passionate Feminist and joined EMILYs List national committee in 2018, she has held senior positions as National Treasurer and Co-Convenor of the Victorian action group. In April 2022 Pamela was appointed as the CEO of EMILY’s List Australia.

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