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In conversation with Professor Megan Davis: addressing The Uluru Statement, Australia’s “unfinished business”

Announcement posted by The Big Smoke Media 15 Apr 2021

On Sunday 2 May, Emanuel Synagogue will welcome UNSW Law Professor Megan Davis to a special event in its ‘In Conversation’ series, The Uluru Statement – Four years on; where to from here?

Four years after the issuing of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, key community leaders and legal scholars have come together to say there can be no further delay in moving towards a referendum on the issue.

“Now is the time to walk together and address the unfinished business of this nation,” explains Professor Davis.

“It’s time to start the work to hold a referendum on enshrining a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.”

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

In the latest instalment of the monthly ‘In Conversation’ series, Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins will chair a conversation with Professor Davis, who will speak about and reflect upon what has changed since the Uluru Statement was issued, and what still needs to happen from here. 

Professor Davis is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW and a renowned constitutional lawyer, scholar and public law expert. She is a proud Cobble Cobble woman from the Barrungam nation in south-west Queensland.  She is Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and was recently appointed the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law.

Professor Davis was named in the 2017 Australian Financial Review annual power list and was awarded the overall winner in 2018’s Women of Influence. She was ranked number 7 on the Cultural power list for her work on constitutional reform and delivering the Uluru Statement From the Heart. Professor Davis has also been the 2010 NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.

Where: Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street, Woollahra

When: Sunday 2 May 2021, 5-6.30pm

Members: FREE for Emanuel Synagogue members

Non-Members: $20 in person, $15 online

BOOKINGS: https://tinyurl.com/ss9y8w36

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Robert Klein on 0410 439 347 or email info@emanuel.org.au.


 About Emanuel Synagogue: 

Emanuel Synagogue was founded in 1938 and is regarded as one of Australia’s most inclusive and dynamic congregations. It is known for its commitment to social justice (especially concerning refugees and the homeless), other matters of human rights as well as animal rights, and environmental action.