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Indigenous rights campaigner Tanya Hosch appointed to new AFL diversity role

Indigenous rights campaigner Tanya Hosch appointed to new AFL diversity role
June 26, 2016

The AFL has appointed indigenous rights campaigner Tanya Hosch to a new role as the league’s head of inclusion and social policy.

Hosch, the joint campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional reform, was chosen for the role ahead of retiring Labor senator Nova Peris, who had previously been heavily favoured to be appointed to the role.

Heralding the move as a significant step for the AFL and its executive, AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan stated “Tanya’s extensive experience in public policy and advocacy in women and indigenous affairs is a major step for the AFL, and I am delighted that she is bringing her leadership to our Executive.

“Tanya is someone of immense character and strength and under her leadership, Recognise has achieved significant growth and progress towards recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia’s Constitution. We look forward to continuing to work with Recognise and supporting the next phase of this campaign.”

The newly-created role will be the starting point for the AFL’s future strategies and policies to promote diversity and will see Hosch tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council, reviewing the Respect and Responsibility Policy and implementing the AFL’s Gender Action Plan.

Hosch was also a founding Director of the Australian Indigenous leadership centre and a key contributor to the creation of both the National congress of Australia’s First Peoples (the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elected representative body) and the Australian Indigenous governance institute.

Welcoming her appointment, Hosch stated “I am a lifelong football supporter, and I am thrilled to be taking on this challenge at the AFL.

“I am excited about working with the AFL’s Indigenous advisory council and in the broader area of inclusion and social policy.”

Chair of the AFL Indigenous advisory council, Paul Briggs, said the appointment was a crucial one for the future of the league’s Indigenous strategies and programs.

Briggs added “I am delighted that the AFL executive will now have senior Indigenous representation, and that someone of Tanya’s experience will be leading the implementation of the AFL’s Indigenous strategy.”

Hosch will commence her new role with the AFL on 29th August.

Image courtesy of NCIE.

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