Empower people to take control of their own lives - Tom Calma, AO

Andrew Alexandra, Manohar Pawar

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Professor Tom Calma, AO, is an elder from the Kungarakan and Iwaidja tribal groups from the south-west Darwin region and the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory. Tom served about 45 years in the Australian public sector with a difference. Some of the notable positions he held in his service were the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner and he served as a senior Australian diplomat in India and Vietnam. Tom has dedicated his life to the cause of human rights and social justice, and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Analysis of his life and practice shows inspirational contributions and qualities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpowering social workers
Subtitle of host publicationVirtuous practitioners
EditorsManohar Pawar, Richard Hugman, Andrew Alexandra, A.W. (Bill) Anscombe
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811038099
ISBN (Print)9789811038082
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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