Get to know Brett Duroux

Brett Duroux Indigenous Aboriginal Party of Australia

I was born in Sydney at Mann River. I am a proud Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung/Yaegl man.

I went to school at Grafton and was taught about governance.

This helped me understand the function of National Parks and Wildlife.

We’ve always wanted a voice ‑ a free voice. I watched my uncles rip up their white card. To give my elders the respect they have instilled in me, I am proud and acknowledge who I am.

I live at Coutts Crossing with my partner Renee Sales. I have seven sons and three daughters.

Locals aren’t being heard. The SES would benefit from an Aboriginal SES and we would work together.

I’ve worked as a stable hand in Grafton, as a civil engineering carpenter with the RTA, bush regeneration, Envite and many other jobs.

I teach cultural ways to students at Nymboida.

The reason you can’t find out about culture is I was taught to protect it.

I don’t own the story; I am a caretaker.

You can’t put a price on Aboriginal culture. Our value is out tribes and our women.

A lot of our stories have been misinterpreted.

I look up to anyone who respects the land.

I’m in politics and am battling for everyone – black, white and brindle.

Everyone has a voice.

We’re here to be the people’s voice.

My respect is to the land, the people and the culture.

Without our young we have no future.

It’s about people. Independents show people have had enough.

My life song is My People, my People by Chris Phillips.

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