Penny Taylor is the former Head Researcher at Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation. She is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant project: Telling it like it is: Aboriginal Perspectives on Race and Race Relations. She is interested in critical race theory and capacity building white Australians towards improved race relations with Australia’s First Peoples. She has a background in human rights law and has worked throughout the Pacific for the United Nations.
In recent years Penny has worked on projects to enhance race relations in Darwin, including the Darwin Radio Diaries, played on ABC Radio, and co-authorship of a popular autobiography of a senior law man from Arnhem Land. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Tasmania in capacity building white Australians to engage in equal and respectful race relationships.
What capacities need to be built in White Australians to improve their relationship with Aboriginal people? What are the implications for reconciliation policy?
University of Tasmania
University of New South Wales
Grad Dip of Legal Practice
College of Law, NSW
Before taking up her doctorate studies, Penny was Head Researcher at Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation in Darwin. Her work has included extensive research with Darwin’s homeless Indigenous population, developing radio material and cross-cultural training programs to enhance race relations. Her cross-cultural training program has been delivered to many thousands of people in Darwin and Western Australia. Under her management Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation was awarded an ARC Linkage Grant in partnership with University of Tasmania to investigate Aboriginal perspectives on race relations and white Australian culture.
Prior to this Penny worked as a human rights lawyer in the community sector and throughout the Pacific for the United Nations, and as consultant to the New York office, specialising in women’s and children’s human rights and assessment of legal systems for compliance with international standards. The indicators she developed for measuring compliance of legal systems with international standards for children’s human rights were hailed by the chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child as the ideal prototype for all reporting countries. In her early career she worked as a corporate lawyer for the Sydney office of what is now King & Wood, Mallesons.
Penny’s research aligns to the University’s research themes of Better Health and Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research interests include advancing the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people through the development of the capacity of white Australians to engage in equal and respectful race relations. The attitudes of non-Aboriginal Australians to Aboriginal people have been linked to poor physical and mental health, educational and employment outcomes in this group. Contemporary reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs policy focuses on capacity building Aboriginal people to overcome their disadvantage. Penny’s work focuses on the policy measures to capacity build mainstream Australians to avoid reproducing this disadvantage.
Penny is currently involved in an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Project in her capacity as Head Researcher at Larrakia Nation Aboirignal Corporation in partnership with academics from the University of Tasmania. The project Telling it like it is: Aboriginal perspectives on race and race relations' investigates Aboriginal perspectives on white Australian people and culture and race relations in Darwin.
Penny is also involved in another grant 'Aboriginal Perspectives on the legal system' funded by the Law Society Public Purposes Trust. Her research expertise is in Race relations, Homelessness, Women's human rights and Children's human rights.
Coordination of legal research aspects of a multi country baseline assessment of compliance with children’s human rights for UNICEF Pacific
Chief Investigator Australian Research Council Grant 'Telling it like it is: Aboriginal perspectives on race and race relations'
- Habibis, D., Taylor, P., Walter, M., Elder, C., 2016 “Repositioning the Racial Gaze: Aboriginal Perspectives on Race, Race Relations and Governance” Social Inclusion 4(1): 57-67
- Habibis, D., Taylor, P., Walter, M and Elder, C. 2016 Telling it like it is: Aboriginal perspectives on race and race relations: early findings. Available at http://www.utas.edu.au/social-change/launch-of-arc-linkage-project-findings-telling-it-like-it-is
- 2015 Habibis, D. and Taylor, P. 'White Australia needs to take responsibility for reconciliation too' The Conversation 7 August, https://theconversation.com/white-australia-needs-to-take-responsibility-for-reconciliation-too-45606
- Taylor, P., Gaykamangu, J. 2013. Striving to Bridge the Chasm: My Cultural Learning Journey, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Darwin.
- Taylor, P., Japanardi Walker, S., Marawili, B. 2011. Message in the Bottle – A survey of drinking patterns and attitudes about alcohol policy amongst Darwin’s homeless, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Darwin.
- Taylor, P., Tambling, J. 2012. The Radio Diaries – Walk in our shoes; audio material to be broadcast on ABC Drive and posted on ABC Open. Daily feature for two weeks from 1 December 2012, average five minutes of recording plus associated live discussion and commentary.
- Norton, A., Taylor, P., Vakaoti, P., Wernham, M. and M’Cormak, F. 2009.
Protect me with love and care: a baseline report for creating a future free from violence, abuse and exploitation of girls and boys in Fiji, UNICEF Pacific and the government of Fiji, October 2009.
- Iuta, T., Norton, A., Taylor, P., and Wernham, M. and M’Cormak, F. 2009.
Protect me with love and care: a baseline report for creating a future free from violence, abuse and exploitation of girls and boys in Kiribati, UNICEF Pacific and the government of Kiribati, October 2009.
- Austin, S., Cains, O., Norton, A., Taylor, P., Wernham, M. and M’Cormak, F. 2009. Protect me with love and care: a baseline report for creating a future free from violence, abuse and exploitation of girls and boys in the Solomon Islands, UNICEF Pacific and the government of Solomon Islands, October 2009.