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PM Anthony Albanese delivers Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration on C44

Join us for a very special event on Channel 44 and CTV+ when we bring you the 2023 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration by the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia.
The Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration is presented by the Don Dunstan Foundation to honour influential Aboriginal leader Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG and highlight vital issues for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is the first time a sitting Prime Minister has delivered the oration.

Premieres Sunday 9 July at 7pm on Channel 44

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The oration gives voice to issues of equity and equality for Australia’s First Peoples and, right now, that is more important and pertinent than ever as Australians prepare vote in a referendum on an Indigenous voice to Parliament.
 The oration was first delivered in 2007 by Dr O’Donoghue and has since been delivered by notable orators including Reverend Tim Costello (2008), Ray Martin (2010), the Hon Paul Keating (2011), Professor Patrick Dodson (2014), Professor Marcia Langton (2015), the Hon Linda Burney MP (2022) and more.

The 2023 oration ends with a video of First Nations musician Rob Edwards performing We Shall Overcome, recorded by the C44 production team.

Beautifully shot by Brad Halstead with sound by Victor Ivchenko, edited by Clare Elvia and produced by Lauren Hillman, the video captured Rob Edwards’ soulful performance of the civil rights anthem, leading a singalong which has become tradition at the end of the annual oration.

Notably, the song was performed on former premier Don Dunstan’s own piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, in a fitting nod to Dunstan’s long-held respect and admiration for Dr O’Donoghue and her work.

Rob Edwards is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who combines his passion for culture, his Indigenous roots and his family’s story through the stolen generation, with heavy influences of new-wave soul makers.

Dr O’Donoghue famously led singalongs to We Shall Overcome following previous orations. However, Dr O’Donoghue’s advancing years now prevent her from participating and Rob Edwards was asked to record the song, to be played following Mr Albanese’s oration at the University of Adelaide‘s Bonython Hall, and the audience in attendance upheld the tradition and joyfully sang along.

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