Join us at the 2017 Developing Northern Australia Conference, being held at the Pullman Cairns International over 19 – 20 June.

Ms Raelene Webb, President at the National Native Title Tribunal joins us in June to discuss ‘Developing with Dialogue’.

Developing the north is about building partnerships, particularly with Indigenous Australians who have interests in, or control, a very significant area of northern Australia. Building knowledge and relationships and removing power imbalances is essential to moving forward together in the pursuit of economic development.

This requires sustained behavioural change within governments, industry and the broader community, including within Indigenous communities. Intercultural understandings between people from disparate cultural worldviews are also essential. Open, respectful and honest communication is the necessary ingredient of the dialogue for development required to establish full partnerships with Indigenous people – an essential key to developing the north.

Raelene Webb QC

Also joining us are confirmed keynote speakers:

    • Mr Bernard Salt, Writer, Speaker, Business Advisor and Media Commentator
    • Mr Mark Coffey, Head, Office of Northern Australia
    • Ms Tracey Hayes, CEO, Northern Territory Cattlemans Association
    • Ms Sharon Warburton, Chair, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
    • Ms Hurriyet Babacan, CEO, Tablelands Regional Council
    • Mr Peter Yu, CEO, Nyamba Buru Yawuru
    • Mr Philip Davies, CEO, Infrastructure Australia

Ms Raelene Webb QC was appointed President of the National Native Title Tribunal in 2013 after a distinguished career as a barrister, and is recognised as one of the leading native title silks in Australia. Prior to her appointment she appeared as lead counsel in many native title and Aboriginal land matters and advised upon, and appeared, in the High Court in most land-mark cases on the judicial interpretation and development of native title law since the decision of Mabo v Queensland (No 2). Raelene is in great demand as a public speaker on a range of topics, native title matters especially, and has presented or chaired sessions at various conferences throughout Australia and internationally, including at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty held in Washington DC.

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