Last week NPY Women’s Council CEO Andrea Mason attended a series of events at Parliament House in Canberra to continue high level discussions around the future framework of the Closing the Gap initiative.
Discussions were centred around the key areas of indigenous health, education, employment, families, children and youth, as well as economic development.
Andrea was an essential presence representing NPYWC’s long history of prioritising and advocating for these causes throughout the NPY region.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in attendance for a morning tea, attended by the Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) and leaders from national peak indigenous organisations. Minister Nigel Scullion, special envoy to indigenous affairs Mr Tony Abbott and Minister Ken Wyatt were also present.
Andrea was also invited to the unveiling of Labor MP Linda Burney’s official portrait. The portrait honours Linda Burney’s many achievements as well as her status as the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the house of representatives.