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Gary Foley

A prominent figure in the history of Aboriginal resistance in Australia, Foley was centrally involved in the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972. His activism continued in many of the campaigns for land rights and justice, including the massive protests at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games and the Bicentenary celebrations in the 1980s, the successful campaign to save Northland Secondary College in Melbourne and the protests that stopped the Jabiluka uranium mine in the 1990s. 

Foley's acting credits range from Phillip Noyce's 1977 movie Backroads to last year's hit stage show at the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals.

A lecturer in history at Victoria University, he recently completed a PhD on the history of Aboriginal organisations and struggles in Redfern in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

He will be speaking in a highlight session ‘Life of Struggle’ Saturday 4 April 2pm, and also Sunday 5 April 4pm to introduce ‘The Redfern Story’, a documentary about the young Aboriginal activists around Redfern in 1960s as part of the Radical Reels film festival.

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