Public Program

Public Program

The Mabo Decision: the impact & legacy • Webinar

MON 25 JAN 6PM – 7.30PM

Panelists Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC, Prof Henry Reynolds, Dr Shireen Morris and indigenous activist Thomas Mayor will examine the Mabo case, its significance and legacy from a historical, judicial and personal perspective, and place it in the context of the struggle for Indigenous constitutional recognition, the Uluru Statement of the Heart, and the recent Juukan caves destruction.

Individual presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

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Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC is a retired barrister. He was junior council for the plaintiffs through the Mabo case (1982-1992). He is author of ‘Mabo in the Courts: Islander Tradition to Native Title: a Memoir’, and ‘A Mabo memoir – Islan Kustom to Native title’.

Prof Henry Reynolds is Honorary Research Professor in Aboriginal Studies, Global Cultures and Languages, University of Tasmania, and author of numerous books including ‘The other side of the frontier’, ‘Why weren’t we told’.

Dr Shireen Morris is a senior lecturer at Macquarie University Law School. She was formerly a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a senior adviser on constitutional reform at Cape York Institute. Shireen’s PhD thesis is now published as a book: A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution (Hart Publishing, 2020).

Thomas Mayor is the National Indigenous Officer and NT Branch Deputy Secretary at the Maritime Union of Australia and Assistant Secretary of the Northern Territory Trades and Labour Council (Unions NT). He is an official Advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and author of ‘Finding the Heart of the Nation’

image credit: David Jones, Mabo Confronts Leviathan, 2019, etching print on rag paper, 93.5 x 76.5cm

Rays of Mer • Children's Activity

Make a stingray from ghostnet with Legacy exhibition artist Marion Gaemers.  Take inspiration from the sea life surrounding the home of Eddie Mabo; the Island of Mer.

activity video – 3mins

Produced by Marion Gaemers & Karen Williams for Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts