Cr Kara Cook – Councillor for Morningside

Episode 58

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

Kara Cook has been the Councillor for Morningside since January 2018 and is committed to being a strong voice for the local community. Kara grew up in Regional Queensland learning the value of a strong community. Kara and her husband Josh, and their two daughters live in Morningside and have been local residents for close to 10 years.

Before becoming Councillor, Kara’s background in Law lead her to specialise in Domestic Violence, having founded Australia’s first expert domestic violence law firm, Cook Legal. Kara is also a committed volunteer in fundraising for domestic violence organisations and the Cancer Council Queensland. As the former Vice President at the Queensland Law Society and Principal Solicitor of the Women’s Legal Service in Queensland, Kara will fight for her local community on the issues that are important to the Morningside Ward.

Kara completed her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business Management in 2008. Kara has been awarded; the Women Lawyers Association of Qld Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year, one of the YMCAs 125 Leading Women, the Law Council of Australia’s Australian Young Lawyer of the Year, one of the Courier Mail 50 Best and Brightest in Qld, one of the Lawyers Weekly 30 Best Lawyers under 30 and most recently in 2017, National Mumprenuer of the Year in the Emerging Category.

As the Councillor for the Morningside Ward, Kara is a strong supporter of her local community groups and is a member of a number of local community organisations, including Beelarong Community Farm and the South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.

Listen to our yarn as we discuss many topics, including her career background in Law, family and Kara’s personal experiences being immersed in Aboriginal culture, through being Married to Frist Nations man and QLD Barrister, Josh Creamer. We share stories that both Kara and I have experienced as mothers, the challenges of our children experiencing racism in the schooling system and what we can do to protect and educate our children and the educators.

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Recommendations throughout this episode:

Josh Creamer:

When We Say Black Lives Matter (children’s book):

About Kara Cook –

Young dark Emu (childrens book):


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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities.  Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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