Despite the growing numbers of first-nation voices in parliament, they are often found on the fringe. However, things are beginning to change.
Diana Perche’s research interests focus on politics and public policy. She is a non-Indigenous researcher with a strong interest in how government decisions affect First Nations people in Australia, and how these decisions are influenced by institutional structures, ideology, evidence, activism and power. She is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit at the University of New South Wales. Before joining Nura Gili, Diana was the director of postgraduate studies in Politics and Public Policy at Macquarie University. Previously, Diana worked in a number of policy-related positions, including in the Australian Public Service. Diana has a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, on the shifting politics of Aboriginal land rights in the Northern Territory.