Voice, Treaty, Truth - UTS Reconciliation Week
Online livestream link (opens at 10.30am on Mon 29 May)
Voice, Treaty, Truth
The Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for Voice, Treaty and Truth, a sequence of reforms based on First Nations justice and self-determination.
Join our panel discussion during Reconciliation Week and learn how we can be a voice for reconciliation in our everyday lives. You’ll also learn more about topics related to the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including the Referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice, treaty and truth-telling. Join us in person or online and discuss how we can create a more just, equitable and reconciled country for all.
The event will also be live-streamed, so you can attend in person or tune in online!
- 10.15 am: Doors open
- 10.30 am: Panel session commences
- 12.00 pm: Panel session concludes
Professor Robynne Quiggin is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) at UTS. Robynne is a Wiradyuri lawyer who has worked on legal and policy issues of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including business, investment, financial services, consumer issues, human rights, governance, rights to culture, heritage, and the arts.
Dr Tony McAvoy SC is a Native title, treaties and truth-telling specialist and Wirdi man from the Central Queensland area. He is a barrister and Australia’s first Indigenous Senior Counsel. Tony is currently Co-Senior Counsel Assisting the Yoorrook Justice Commission in Victoria, and in 2016-17 was Co-Senior Counsel Assisting the Don Dale Royal Commission. Tony is part of the Referendum Working Group, was an Acting Part-Time Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court (2011-2013) and was Acting Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner (2021-2022).
Professor Lindon Coombes is Industry Professor and Director at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS. Lindon is a descendant of the Yuallaraay people of northwest NSW and has worked in Aboriginal Affairs in a range of positions, including Director at PwC Indigenous Consulting, CEO of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, and CEO of Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe.
Dr Harry Hobbs is an experienced constitutional and human rights lawyer working at the forefront of academic research and legal and political debate about Indigenous-State treaty-making and constitutional recognition. Prior to joining UTS, Harry worked in the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Human Rights, the ACT Human Rights Commission, and as the Legal Research Officer at the High Court of Australia.
The Hon. Professor Verity Firth AM is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Justice and Inclusion) at UTS. She served as Minister for Education and Training in New South Wales (2008–2011) and NSW Minister for Women (2007–2009). After leaving office, Verity was the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation.