Mansell: Mick Gooda Too Close to Government

A First Nation’s lawyer has raised questions about the ethics of the appointment of social justice commissioner Mick Gooda to the role of royal co-commissioner.

Palawa man Michael Mansell said past appointments of Mr Gooda to sit on government appointed committees such as the expert panel on constitutional recognition and the Referendum Council indicates a relationship between the government and Mr Gooda.


In taking on the role of co-commissioner on Monday, Mr Gooda announced he would be stepping down from his position as Social Justice Commissioner.

Mr Gooda has come under criticism following his appointment, in light of a tweet last week in which he called for the Northern Territory government to be sacked.

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke

NIRS Journalist