Uluru Statement from the Heart at Melbourne Law School

On Monday 9 April 2018, Melbourne Law School welcomed Indigenous leaders and constitutional experts to discuss the historic constitutional moment created by the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The panel included Indigenous advocates Thomas Mayor and Victorian Treaties Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher AO, who were both part of the Uluru process, together with Professor Cheryl Saunders, Professor Adrienne Stone; and comparative expert Professor Kirsty Gover from the Melbourne Law School. The session was chaired by Professor Pip Nicholson, the Dean of Melbourne Law School.The Uluru Statement was on display to add signatures.

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About the speakers

    Jill Gallagher AO is the newly appointed Victorian Aboriginal Treaty Advancement Commissioner. She is a proud Gunditjmara woman from western Victoria, who has provided leadership in the social determinants of health and in the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage for many years with in the Victorian Aboriginal Community and on a National level.

    Professor Kirsty Gover is the chair of the Law School's Reconciliation and Recognition Committee. Her research and publications address the law, policy and political theory of indigenous rights, institutions and jurisdiction.

    Thomas Mayor is a Zenadth Kes man who lives on Larrakia land in Darwin. He is the elected branch secretary for the Northern Territory Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia and the President of the NT Trades & Labour Council. Thomas was elected at the Darwin Dialogue on constitutional reform and participated in the Uluru Convention. He has since advocated for the outcomes called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

    Professor Cheryl Saunders is a Laureate Professor Emeritus at Melbourne Law School, a convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network and a senior technical advisor to the Constitution Building program of International IDEA. She was a Deputy Chair of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation when it developed its innovative approach to public deliberation on important constitutional issues, which was adapted for the Indigenous Dialogues. She has advised on the process and substance of constitutional change in many parts of the world.

    Professor Adrienne Stone holds a Chair at Melbourne Law School where she is also a  Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. She researches in the areas of constitutional law and constitutional theory with particular attention to freedom of expression.

    Joint Select Committee Inquiry into Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

      The Uluru Statement event generated considerable interest in the current Joint Select Committee Inquiry into Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

      To assist those interested in doing so, a lunchtime information session was held on Monday 30 April to provide guidance on how to make a submission to the inquiry. The session was led by Associate Professor Kristen Rundle (Co-Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies) in collaboration with other MLS academics.

      The below resources are available to those interested in making a submission to the Inquiry.

      Uluru Statement from the Heart – Information Booklet

      How to make a submission