The following is a transcript of a talk given by Melissa Sweet at the launch of Smoke Signals: Selected Writings by Simon Chapman on the 1 December 2016.
I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet; the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues here tonight.
I would also like to acknowledge the long traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and practices, which become ever-more important with the many public health challenges the world faces.
We are here tonight to honour the work of one of this University’s most prolific and relentless academics, who, despite his considerable intellectual and professional achievements, apparently has a very poor grasp of the meaning of simple concepts – like “retirement”.