Professor Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group in the Northern Territory. He joined the AILC Board in 2009 and served as Chair from 2011-2014. Professor Calma is Chancellor of the University of Canberra, a former Social Justice and Race Discrimination Commissioner and Senior Diplomat and has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, and state, national and international level. He has worked in the public sector for over 40 years. Tom is the National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking, a consultant, patron of three national organisations, Co-chair of Reconciliation Australia, and was awarded an Order of Australia, General Division (AO) in 2012, as well as a member of numerous boards and committees. He holds honorary doctorates from Charles Darwin, Curtin and Flinders universities.
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