Public sector code of conduct (23.8.2018)

Written on the 21 September 2018

23 August 2018



GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)


My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, also in her capacity as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister Hutchins, and it also comes off the back of the debate that we have had in relation to family violence and Respect Victoria here in the chamber this evening.

My matter relates, as I said, both to Aboriginal affairs and to family violence, and it involves some extremely concerning public comments made by Mr Bill Nicholson. Mr Nicholson is hired by government departments and agencies to undertake welcome to country ceremonies, and I understand he works for the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council. He recently publicly said this about an Aboriginal woman, Ms Jacinta Price. Excuse me for the expletive, but I quote these concerning words:

How bout you fuking die a painful death u sell out cocanut. Every warrior of the past did not fight for scum like u, to spread the illegal oppressors lies. Always was always will be Aboriginal land. Ur type real cancer in our communities and need to be eradicated like the disease u are.

These are very alarming, I think, and disgraceful words. In a recent media release Minister Hutchins said:

The Respect Women: Call It Out campaign brings men into the conversation

Men have a responsibility to step up when women are treated with disrespect.

As Minister Hutchins is the responsible minister in both of these important areas, the action I seek is for clarification by the minister about whether Mr Nicholson will continue to be hired and paid by government departments and agencies through the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council as well as continuing to conduct welcome to country ceremonies following his gross display of disrespect and the abhorrent language he used in public directed towards an Aboriginal woman.

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