Celeste Liddle

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Celeste Liddle
Celeste Liddle 2020.jpg
Liddle at a Melbourne rally in March 2021
1978 (age 42–43)

Alma materLa Trobe University
University of Melbourne
Monash University
Political partyGreens
WebsiteRantings of an Aboriginal Feminist

Celeste Liddle (born 1978) is an Indigenous feminist (Arrernte), unionist, and writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Having first risen to prominence via her personal blog, Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist, Liddle has written opinion and commentary for several media publications and anthologies. Liddle hosted the IndigenousX program from 19 June 2015.[1]

Liddle has been a regular columnist for Eureka Street since 2017, having written her first opinion piece for them two years earlier. She has also been a columnist and featured writer for Daily Life,[2] The Saturday Paper,[3] and The Guardian.[4] She's additionally provided commentary for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

Liddle is an activist and environmentalist who works as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). Liddle was instrumental in ensuring that the NTEU vocally supported the campaign to Raise The Age of criminal responsibility in Australia.[5]

In 2020, Liddle undertook a Masters at Monash University[6] and in 2021 was awarded the Academic Medal for Excellence.[7]

In addition to opinion writing, Liddle has been published in a number of anthologies including Black Inc's Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia,[8] Pan McMillan's "Mothers and Others" and Hardie Grant's "Better than Sex". In 2017, she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.[9]

Liddle has been involved in several major literary events including the All About Women Festival,[10] Melbourne Writers' Festival,[11] the Antidote Festival[12] and the Bendigo Writers' Festival.

Early life[edit]

Liddle was born in Canberra, Australia, and moved to Melbourne with her family when she was 14.[13] She has an honours degree in Arts from LaTrobe University, a Graduate Diploma from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Communications and Media Studies from Monash University.[14]


On 14 May 2021, Liddle was announced to be preselected by the Victorian Greens for the progressive seat of Cooper in the upcoming federal election.[15] Cooper is the Melbourne electorate where Liddle has lived for over 20 years. Her campaign has set out to include dental into medicare, enhance workers' rights, increase renewable energy in response to the climate emergency, and work towards truth and treaty for First Nations people. Liddle is also a strong advocate for the Greens policy to tax billionaires and for Melbourne's live music and arts scenes.[16]


  1. ^ "Five Questions with Celeste Liddle", IndigenousX, 2015, archived from the original on 20 August 2016, retrieved 18 January 2017
  2. ^ "Celeste Liddle". The Age. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Celeste Liddle". The Saturday Paper. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Celeste Liddle". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  5. ^ Home, NTEU; Campaigns; Local, Go; Shop, NTEU; Login, Officers and Staff; Login, Member; Join; UniCasual; Degrees, No $100K. "NTEU National Executive passes motion in support of raising the age of criminal responsibility". www.nteu.org.au. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  6. ^ Liddle, Celeste. "Higher education should be for everyone". Eureka Street. Eureka Street.
  7. ^ "https://twitter.com/utopiana/status/1382169992301481988". Twitter. Retrieved 13 May 2021. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ Growing up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss. 6 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Women's Honour Roll Receives 25 New Inductees". www.premier.vic.gov.au. Premier of Victoria. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Blak Matriarchies". Sydney Opera House. 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  11. ^ "EVENT - Melbourne Writer's Festival". liminalmag.com. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Antidote". Sydney Opera House. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Celeste Liddle, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser", National Tertiary Education Union, archived from the original on 20 August 2016, retrieved 18 January 2017
  14. ^ "Celeste Liddle", bendigowritersfestival.com.au, Bendigo Writers Festival, archived from the original on 28 June 2015, retrieved 18 January 2017
  15. ^ "Indigenous activist to run for Greens in Ged Kearney's inner-Melbourne seat". Sydney Morning Herald. 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Missing Melbourne's music scene".