Jul-01 Melbourne: Uluru statement and Beyond

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The Leo Baeck Centre presents a panel discussing The Uluru Statement from the Heart.

In May last year, the First Nations National Constitutional Convention brought together over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders for four days ​at the foot of Uluru. 

In the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, they called for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Convention was ​convened by the bipartisan-appointed Referendum Council to discuss and agree on an approach to constitutional reform to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

​But instead of welcoming it, it was dismissed by Malcolm Turnbull. ​

“The Government does not believe such a radical change to our constitution’s representative institutions has any realistic prospect of being supported by a majority of Australians in a majority of states,” it said.

A year on, coinciding with NAIDOC week, we are holding a panel to reflect on this, and on what positive steps are being taken, despite the rejection.  Our guests are Tony Kelly, who is the Chief Executive Officer of First Nations Legal & Research Services, with nearly four decades experience working with Traditional Owners across the country, and Marcus Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, a Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation. He is a seasoned negotiator and strategist with more than 15 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs. The panel will be moderated by Jim Cyngler, President of our sister congregation Kedem, a mediator with long experience of working with Indigenous peoples across Australia.

Please come along, welcome our high-powered guest panel, and learn more about this important process. Small note donation invited.

Uluru Statement and Beyond: 1st July 10.30-12  Leo Baeck Centre, 31-37 Harp Road, East Kew, Victoria

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