Mpartnwe – Alice Springs, born Arrernte woman Leanne Liddle has shared her own personal journey of racism and bullying as part of National Reconciliation Week activities.
The first Aboriginal woman to become a police officer in South Australia… Ms Liddle told an audience in Darwin that she wanted nothing more than to fit in and to be a good cop…
I was gutted because my dream of justice through policing was gone forever. Instead I was made to feel like a problem, a trouble maker, an imposter and a fraud… to put it bluntly a thief of my privilege where I am constantly reminded and told that I must stay in my lane!
After leaving the police Ms Liddle went on to attain a law degree, worked for the United nations and in 2017 joined the Territory Government’s Aboriginal Justice Unit where she continues to drive the NT Aboriginal Justice Agreement .
Listen to the full speech here :