New NT anti-discrimination commissioner revealed

Jane Bardon ABC News June 10, 2010

Eddie Cubillo
Eddie Cubillo. (ABC TV)

The Northern Territory Government has chosen the former ATSIC regional councillor Eddie Cubillo as the Territory's anti-discrimination commissioner.

Mr Cubillo has also worked at the Aboriginal legal aid service NAAJA.

The Government faced criticism earlier this year for picking Pat Miller as the new commissioner, although she later decided not to take up the position.

Mr Cubillo says one of his priorities will be investigating the Federal Government's welfare quarantining laws.

He says he has been living in South Australia recently, so he will have to read up on some of the issues before he starts to investigate.

"Obviously the welfare quarantining stuff is one of the main ones," he said.

"There is already a lot of work already done on that.

"I need to go and look at the work the commission has done previously on that before I come out here and say something.

"There are all sorts of issues with the leasing and criminal issues and all that sort of thing, but at the minute I'm just willing to read up first and make some comment later."

Attorney-General Delia Lawrie says Mr Cubillo was the most suitable candidate after Ms Miller decided she was unable to take up the position.

"It was a shame for her own reasons that she couldn't take on the position, so we went back through a full comprehensive process and started from scratch again," she said.

"I'm very pleased that we've got Eddie Cubillo as anti-discrimination commissioner.

"We followed a process last time and we followed a process again this time."

NT appoints anti-discrimination chief

Larine Statham (AAP) Sydney Morning Herald June 10, 2010

A new Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has been appointed, just months after the person handpicked for the job changed her mind about taking on the role.

NT Attorney General Delia Lawrie on Thursday announced the appointment of Eddie Cubillo as the new Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.

She said Mr Cubillo, who is a qualified lawyer had been selected from 21 applicants.

"Mr Cubillo has an established record as a strong advocate for the rights of indigenous Territorians as the chairman of the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency," she told reporters on Thursday."

"He also brings extensive NT sporting community and cultural ties to the position."

Mr Cubillo is the indigenous employment consultant with the University of South Australia and will start in the new role next month.

In 2002 he was elected to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Commission Yilli Rreung Regional Council.

Pat Miller from the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service was appointed Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in November last year.

In February, she said she was unable to take on the job for personal reasons.

The NT government faced criticism over the selection process, amid claims the attorney general interfered with the appointment.

Ms Lawrie conceded she handpicked Ms Miller because none of the other applicants were qualified.

Eddie Cubillo Profile

Eddie Cubillo

Source: One Future Forum

Eddie Cubillo is an Aboriginal man with strong family links in both the urban and rural areas throughout the Northern Territory. He has developed a sound understanding of Aboriginal culture, society and politics and he has contributed to the needs of Aboriginal people as individuals and for the benefit of the community as a whole. His family background, combined with his sporting and cultural ties has brought him into contact with people of different backgrounds.

Mr Cubillo has over 10 years experience in the Northern Territory Government working at the grass roots of Aboriginal affairs. In 2001 he obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree and in 2002 he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. In 2002 he was elected to the ATSIC Yilli Rreung Regional Council, and subsequently became the Chair of that Council.

Mr Cubillo has also been a former Chair of both the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (NT). Mr Cubillo has been heavily involved in junior coaching and has coached numerous junior basketball and football teams in the past few years.

Mr Cubillo is currently working as a policy officer in the Aboriginal Affairs Division of the Department of Premier & Cabinet in the SA Government.

What a reconciled Australia looks like to me.

A nation that has embraced its past and is making genuine steps to reconcile the black history of this country. Australians wanting to reconcile with its Indigenous people. Acceptance that we are the first nation people of this country and that we have equal rights, rights to the land that we have a spiritual and physical connection. All Australians celebrate Indigenous people and their culture with respect and pride.

Acceptance that Indigenous people have experienced the intergenerational effects of the policy of forced removal of children of mixed descent from their family and country and have survived such atrocities. Acceptance that there is inequality in education, justice, health, and other social issues that are affecting Indigenous peoples' ability to participate in Australia's society.

People are not judged by their colour or race.

Eddie Cubillo

About the NT Anti-Discrimination Commission


The aim of the Anti-Discrimination Act (the Act), and therefore the Anti-Discrimination Commission (ADC), is to promote recognition and acceptance of the right to equality of opportunity of persons regardless of an attribute to eliminate discrimination on the basis of an attribute and to eliminate sexual harassment.

When handling a complaint of discrimination or other prohibited conduct, the ADC will conduct an investigation and work with parties (ie the person making the complaint and the person/organisation about which the complaint is made) as they attempt to resolve the complaint through conciliation (link to definition of conciliation). When a complaint is not able to be resolved through conciliation, it may be determined through a public hearing. This hearing determines whether the actions alleged by the person making the complaint took place and if so, whether they amounted to unlawful conduct under the Act. As a general rule most of the complaints that we receive at the ADC are resolved without the need to go to hearing.

The ADC also provides public education and training, with a range of programs available to businesses, government, individuals and other organisations in the NT. These programs are designed to educate participants about what constitutes prohibited conduct under the Act and how it can be avoided. We also hold a number of public events during the year to promote the aims of the ADC ... more

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