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.
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.
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
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.
- 2015 Habibis, D. and Taylor, P. 'White Australia needs to take responsibility for reconciliation too' The Conversation 7 August,
- 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.
- Luta, 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.