Straight Talk

Straight Talk connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the political system and builds the capacity of women as change makers. With a focus on practical tools and confidence, Straight Talk brings people together to share, learn and be effective in making a difference.

Applications are now closed for the 2016 National Summit. Straight Talk National Summit dates will be determined after the election and participants will be notified of the offical starting date by the end of July.

The program includes opportunities for relationship-building between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and parliamentarians, information-sharing and developing strategies for change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

For the past six years the Straight Talk program has brought together more than 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the nation to Canberra and to regions throughout the country to learn about Australia’s political system and form powerful networks with each other and with women of Federal and State Parliament. Straight Talk focuses on developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s skills to make positive changes through political engagement, while also increasing engagement in public and political life.

The National Summit will be held in Canberra from 26 June to 30 June. For any further information, contact Rebecca Harnett or call (03) 9289 9481.

Straight Talk Regional Gatherings

In 2013/2014 Straight Talk delivered regional gatherings in Alice Springs, Melbourne and the Torres Strait.

These gatherings provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences with each other and work together to develop strategies to share information around common issues, and develop ideas that can be shaped into concrete positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Photo: James Henry/OxfamAUS

Photo: James Henry/OxfamAUS

The gatherings built on the National Summit, delivering workshops on a range of community and campaign related skills specific to the local context in which they are delivered, providing an opportunity to go into detail about solutions, or innovative programs at a community level.