Healing Hell — how June Oscar dried out Fitzroy Crossing | Perth Now

DRAPED in a splash of Kimberley colour, proud Bunuba woman June Oscar takes to the stage with some of WA’s big thinkers.To her right is Chief Justice Wayne Martin and next to him is Perth-born polio-eradication campaigner Michael Sheldrick, a director of New York-based The Global Poverty Project. The rest of the line-up is impressive too, and Oscar, the only woman on the panel, admits she’s a little starstruck because the man asking the questions is academic, writer and TV host Waleed Aly.“I’m pinching myself,” she says. “I can’t believe I’m here with you blokes. It’s a privilege, and it’s been so great to meet you Waleed. You’re one of my heroes.”But Oscar, a social activist and community leader from the Fitzroy Valley in the state’s remote north, more than deserves her spot on the panel. She’s at the Disrupted Festival of Ideas in Northbridge — a gathering of mavericks for change — where Oscar has been invited to speak because for the past decade she’s been a lightning rod for sweeping social change in her home town of Fitzroy Crossing.In May she was presented with the Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship Award by former governor-general Quentin Bryce, the same award won by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Her acceptance speech received a standing ovation.After she steps off the stage, a stream of people waits to give her a hug or warmly grab her hand.

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