DODSON, Patrick (Pat) Lionel DjargunBiography for DODSON, Patrick (Pat) Lionel Djargun

Senator for Western Australia

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 28.4.2016 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice JW Bullock (resigned) (term ended 9.5.2016). Elected 2016.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs References from 1.9.16 and substitute member, Legislation from 16.2.17 to 20.3.17; Substitute member Finance and Public Administration References from 22.6.16 to 14.12.17.

Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 12.9.16.

Senate Select: Strengthening Multiculturalism from 23.3.17.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 26.3.18 (Co-chair from 27.3.18).

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader from 4.5.16 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from 23.07.16.


Born 29.1.1948, Broome, WA.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Ordained Catholic Priest, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart 1975.

Hon. Litt. D. (UNSW) 2012.

Hon. LLD (Melb) 2007.

Royal Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, 1989.

Chair, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 1991-97.

Former Director, Central Land Council.

Former Director, Kimberly Land Council.

Co-Chair, Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, 2010-16.

Former Member, Council of the Australian National University, 2014.

Chairman, Nyambu Buru Yawuru Ltd 2010-16.

Member, Yawuru Native Title Corporation.


Sydney Peace Prize 2008.


Kakadu Region social impact study: community action plan [Report of the Study Advisory Group], Canberra: Supervising Scientist, 1997.

The Democracy Game, Fraser Lecture 2002, May 2002.

A National Conversation About Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Constitutional Recognition [Report of the Expert Panel], Australia: You Me Unity, May 2011.

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution [Report of the Expert Panel], Australia: You Me Unity, 2012.

Managing a path towards meaningful change and recognition, in M Davis and M Langton (Eds.), 'It's our Country: Indigenous Arguments for Meaningful Constitutional Recognition and Reform', Australia: Melbourne University Press, 2016.

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