Senior Australian of the Year 2012 Laurie Baymarrwangga

In the nine decades since her birth on the island of Murrungga, Laurie Baymarrwangga has seen the arrival of missionaries, exploitation by Japanese and European fishermen, war and tumultuous change. Undaunted, she has almost single-handedly nurtured the inter-generational transmission of local ecological knowledge through a lifelong commitment to caring for kin, culture and country. Recently, Dr Bentley James travelled to the Crocodile Islands and asked some timely questions of our Senior Australian of the Year 2012.