Tim Goodwin was Indigenous X host from September 20 to September 27, 2013.
Five questions to Tim
When I was very young, my Dad was posted to Canberra, which is where I grew up and stayed to study at university at the Australian National University. I moved to Melbourne after graduating and currently work there as a lawyer. I took 12 months off two years ago to study my master of laws at Harvard Law School. I’ve kept involved in Indigenous community affairs throughout my life, particularly in supporting and developing Indigenous youth leadership.
I have been mentored by so many Indigenous and non-Indigenous heroes, young and old. In particular, Mick Dodson and Larissa Behrendt have inspired and supported me as fellow Indigenous lawyers. Their legacy is not only in their vast and important achievements for our people, but in their close attention to the generations behind them. I must especially mention Tanya Hosch, deputy director of the Recognise campaign. To put it simply, without her I would not know what I know, I would not have done what I have done, and I would not have achieved whatever I have achieved.
One issue binds many of the others. We as Indigenous peoples need to reframe our relationship with government. There is no coherent policy regulating the method by which government interacts with and intervenes in Indigenous communities. Government policy eventually ends up being ad hoc. Whatever we call those principles – whether it be self-determination or through the negotiation of a treaty – getting the relationship right, beyond partisan politics, is essential in seeking to end Indigenous disadvantage.