O'Donoghue Aims for SOCOG Board
Nov. 25, 1998
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ An Aboriginal leader who once said indigenous Australians would be justified in using the Sydney Olympics as a platform for political protest has lobbied to replace Rod McGeoch on the board of organizing committee.
Lois O'Donoghue, a former leader of Australia's peak Aboriginal group ATSIC, is the chairwoman of SOCOG's indigenous advisory committee formed to ensure Aborigines are happy with the running of the 2000 Games.
O'Donoghue said last year that Aborigines would protest during the Olympics if the conservative government failed to address land rights issues. Aborigines are still no closer to agreement with the government on the issue.
``We will be back in the streets, there will be just no ways about that,'' O'Donoghue said last year. ``And we will be back to marching, demonstrating and ... certainly the Games will be a platform.''
Olympics Minister Michael Knight and New South Wales state premier Bob Carr have said they want a woman to fill McGeoch's vacancy on the board of 15. There is only one woman, Anna Booth, on the board.
McGeoch quit Tuesday after days of bitter infighting.
O'Donoghue said today that she took her case for inclusion to SOCOG chief executive Sandy Hollway.
``I got a good hearing from Sandy, it was no secret to him that we would be taking the matter up again and he was quite amenable, although it's not his decision,'' O'Donoghue said.
``I would want to be a SOCOG board member in my own right of course, I don't want to necessarily be put in a box even though I believe women need representation and indigenous people need representation.''