NTState RecipientAustralian of the Year2004
Pat Miller has worked throughout her life to challenge racial discrimination and address the fundamental causes of the problems that beset many aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. She has been involved with the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service since 1978, commencing as a filing clerk, and rising to her current position of Director. The Service provides legal aid for Centralian Aboriginal people. Residing in Alice Springs, Pat proudly claims her Arrernte ancestry. Racial discrimination as a youth only made her more determined to devote her life to finding practical remedies. With dignity, intelligence and compassion, Pat is highly respected by the entire community.