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My perfect day in Canberra would be for the sun to shine all day and it to be hot and not freezing.

My favourite things in life are family, work and travelling.

I’m a woman that has had children, I’ve strived through life with some really hard challenges and, along my journey, I’ve come across some issues with domestic violence and I’ve overcome everything. I didn’t think that I had the ability to have a career at the age of 40 after living in a domestic violence situation. I went back and did my Year 11 and 12, then I got entrance into uni and that started my career in the public service. I’ve strived ever since.

I work for the Australian Federal Police and we have the MION Network—the Malunggang Indigenous Officers Network. We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the work context. We’re here today promoting our traineeships and the Australian Federal Police. The Australian Federal Police do a lot for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander employees and they offer great support by allowing us to have the MION Network.

I’m having a fantastic day with the NAIDOC celebrations. I think it’s just a beautiful day to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in this way, and it’s good to see all the other agencies in Canberra come out and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

I think that you can accomplish a lot in Canberra. There’s more advancement in certain areas in Canberra and job security here.

What’s hard about Canberra? Getting up in the morning when it’s really cold and freezing. Getting on a bus when they don’t have heating and you freeze. Also, some work areas aren’t very accepting of women. You have to overcome some obstacles because career paths are more for men in some areas than they are women, and I find that difficult.

Most women are too busy with their professional career to even think about going to a doctor and when they do, it’s extremely confrontational when you find out that you’ve got problems, such as diabetes. Whether you hide yourself in the sand and just don’t go back to the doctor or whether you address them is another story. I think that a lot of women don’t address their health issues. I’ve got weight issues that need addressing and I tend to bury my head in the sand about it. I think that women need to be more caring about their bodies and their health.

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