The Power Within
Moderator: Aarti Betigeri • Mehreen Faruqi, Jackie Huggins and Fiona Foley
Three of Australia’s most well-respected and passionate cultural educators share their stories of self-acceptance, self-empowerment, and self-knowledge.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi is Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for NSW. She became the first Muslim woman to sit in any Australian parliament when she joined the NSW Parliament in 2013. In 2018, she took her proudly feminist and anti-racist approach to Canberra when she joined the federal Senate. Mehreen holds the Education, Anti-Racism, Animal Welfare, and International and Global Justice portfolios for the Greens. Her recently published memoir and manifesto, Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud, is the tale of a political outsider fighting for her right and the rights of others like her to be let inside on their own terms.
Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, a member of the Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru peoples, is currently leading the work for Treaty/Treaties in Queensland. In popular demand as a speaker on Aboriginal issues, she is a well-known historian and author, with articles published widely in Australia and internationally. Her widely acclaimed books include Auntie Rita, Sister Girl, and her most recent, a co-authored biography of her father, Jack of Hearts QX11594.
Dr Fiona Foley is a Maryborough-born Badtjala (Butchulla) artist, academic and writer whose work is held in many Australian state, national and university collections. She was recipient of the 2020 Monica Clare Research Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland for her publication Bogimbah Creek Mission: The First Aboriginal Experiment. Her book Biting the Clouds: A Badtjala perspective on the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, 1897, was awarded the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance in 2021.
Aarti Betigeri is a multi-platform journalist and former foreign correspondent based in Canberra. She is a correspondent for Monocle magazine and contributes to various local and foreign media outlets. She recently returned to Australia after almost a decade in India. Before moving to India, she was a television news journalist and presenter with the ABC and SBS.