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In July 2017, a constitutional convention brought together over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders at the foot of Uluru on the lands of the Aangu people. Their deliberations led to the development of the Uluru Statement from the Heart which called for a ‘First Nations Voice’ to be embedded within the Australian Constitution.

  • Why is the Uluru Statement from the Heart considered unprecedented?
  • What is a Voice to Parliament?
  • What has happened since the Statement was read in 2017?

Join us to hear Professor Megan Davis, who chaired the convention, reflect on the historic consultation process and provide an update on progress towards the establishment of a Voice to Parliament.

Our 2020 Koori twilight series is structured around the idea of ‘Voice,’ with opportunities to listen and learn from the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, custodians of the world’s oldest continuous culture. 

Eminent speakers will discuss the concept of a Voice to Parliament, advocate for indigenous world heritage sites and assess the challenges facing women and children in the prison system. This program is held in collaboration with the Judicial Officers’ Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee.

While this program is designed for judicial officers, the learning outcomes may be appropriate for some non-judicial roles. Please contact us to express your interest.

Location

Melbourne CBD

Chair
Justice Bennett

Justice Victoria Bennett AO

Justice Bennett was appointed to the Family Court of Australia, in Melbourne, in November 2005. She is the longest serving judge in the Melbourne Registry.

Justice Bennett represents the court on the judicial indigenous cultural awareness committee convened by the Supreme Court and the Judicial College of Victoria.

In January 2018 her Honour was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to the judiciary and the law, to the improvement of the family law system and child protection, to legal education, and to improving access to justice for indigenous families".

Presenter
Professor Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis

Professor Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman from South East Queensland and of South-Sea Islander descent (Vanuatu).  She is a constitutional and human rights lawyer, Professor of Law, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at UNSW.

Chair
Justice Bennett

Justice Victoria Bennett AO

Justice Bennett was appointed to the Family Court of Australia, in Melbourne, in November 2005. She is the longest serving judge in the Melbourne Registry.

Justice Bennett represents the court on the judicial indigenous cultural awareness committee convened by the Supreme Court and the Judicial College of Victoria.

In January 2018 her Honour was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to the judiciary and the law, to the improvement of the family law system and child protection, to legal education, and to improving access to justice for indigenous families".

Presenter
Professor Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis

Professor Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman from South East Queensland and of South-Sea Islander descent (Vanuatu).  She is a constitutional and human rights lawyer, Professor of Law, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at UNSW.