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Note to staff

27 June 2017


Last week Curtin Council met in Kalgoorlie. It was a great opportunity for Council members to meet with researchers from our local WA School of Mines campus and with community stakeholders, and to visit our new and refurbished Agricola accommodation.

With Curtin Council members and Professor Sam Spearing at our Kalgoorlie Campus.

With Curtin Council members and Professor Sam Spearing at our Kalgoorlie Campus.

Curtin’s English Literature Conference kicks off

Curtin’s English Literature Conference commences today and will run throughout the week. The extremely popular conference, organised by the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts (Faculty of Humanities), has been running for over 30 years. This year 6500 tickets sold out in 45 minutes, which shows how popular the conference has become. Thank you to the committee – Leigh Brennan, Christina Lee and Jo Jones – for organising this event and congratulations on achieving such an excellent response. I wish you all the best for the rest of the week.

BCEC Education Inequality in Australia report launch

I will be one of the presenters at the upcoming Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre launch of their latest report, Focus on the States: Education Inequality in Australia.

Joining me on the panel will be the Honourable Julia Gillard AC, former prime minister of Australia and Dave Faulkner, CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers. We’ll discuss the important role education plays in promoting or reducing inequality in opportunity and inter-generational social mobility, and recommendations for policy and institutional reforms.

Online registrations for the event have closed but staff who wish to attend can email A discounted registration fee of $29 is offered to Curtin staff, with proceeds directed into the new BCEC Economics and Social Policy scholarship to support the broadening of access to tertiary education.

NAIDOC week (2-9 July)

NAIDOC week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our society. This year’s theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’, celebrating the significant role that language plays in Indigenous cultural identity.

Curtin fine arts’ student Bradley Kickett is one of seven Indigenous artists who have been selected by the WA Police to have their artwork displayed on police uniforms and vehicles during NAIDOC week. Bradley’s artwork was first recognised by the WA Police when he entered the Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market held at the Fremantle Arts Centre earlier this year. Bradley’s painting depicted Point Peron in Rockingham, where he spent a lot of his time while working as a correctional officer.

Bradley will be the guest speaker at Curtin’s NAIDOC week Flag Raising Ceremony and will also have his artwork displayed in the John Curtin Gallery for the duration of the event. I encourage all staff to attend the event on Monday 3 July, 9.30 – 10.45am at The Forum flag poles. Please RSVP to for catering purposes.

More information on activities happening throughout NAIDOC week at Curtin will be communicated through Curtin Weekly.

Staff achievements

Congratulations to Creative Writing sessional tutor Josephine Wilson and WAIT alumnus Philip Salom for being included on the Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist. Josephine was shortlisted for her novel Extinctions and Philip, a poet and novelist who graduated from WAIT in 1976, was shortlisted for his novel Waiting. Congratulations also to Curtin alumnus and John Curtin Gallery staff member Matthew McAlpine on winning the RedFM Youth Award at the recent Mid West Art Prize exhibition. His entry The Colonial Frame is a replica of the gilded frame that houses a portrait of Western Australia’s first governor, James Stirling.



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