Leanne Miller, Assembly Member for the North East
Dhulanyagen Ulupna of the Yorta Yorta people
Leanne Miller is a descendant of a matriarchal clan, Dhulanyagen Ulupna of the Yorta Yorta people. From a family with a strong and long-standing commitment to Aboriginal affairs, Leanne’s grandmother is Geraldine Briggs and, mother is Frances Mathyssen – both highly respected Aboriginal leaders.
“I have been privileged to be a part of a strong matriarchal clan whose values and sense of social responsibility was instilled from an early age.”
Leanne has made significant career impacts at a state national and international level. for Aboriginal communities in areas of economic development, employment, community development, tourism and the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women rights.
She currently works as an Indigenous Workforce Adviser at RMIT University, and Executive Director for Koorie Women Mean Business. She is also a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity at the University of Melbourne.
Leanne’s dedication to her works has been recognised through various awards and invitations to represent Australian Indigenous women internationally. This includes most recently being invited to the United Nations Convention on the Status of Women as the Australian Government Delegate in January 2010.
“Discussions about a negotiating framework for the Treaty process needs energy, innovation and a strong woman’s voice. This opportunity to co-design listen and navigate or reinvigorate community aspirations on unchartered territories is appealing.”
“We know that there is a lot at risk – given the existing government agreements and disruptions of our world view. We cannot be silent. This is the point we need to be talkin’ up the right way, building strong communities through collaboration, mutual respect and knowledge sharing. Our policy and interpretations must be braver and bolder. And that is why I am standing as a member of the First People’s Assembly of Victoria.”
“My family has talked Treaty for many generations. Crafted by our people, it has the potential to strengthen and uphold the strong fundamentals of our history as First Peoples, and to influence our planning for growth as a clan and community. The Treaty design process/elements will benefit from my strengths in partnerships, building community engagement, policy writing and negotiation.”