We celebrate Reconciliation Week by remembering the 1967 Referendum and the legacy of activism, by exploring the fight for equality for First Nations people that continues today. The leadership of activist and educator Dr Evelyn Scott during the 1960s and 70s was instrumental in Australia’s reconciliation journey.

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO and Australia's first Indigenous Senior Counsel, Tony McAvoy, discuss Dr Scott’s legacy, her key achievements, and, 54 years after the Referendum, the need for continued constitutional reform to address unfinished business.

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Tony McAvoy

Tony McAvoy

Tony McAvoy is a Wirdi man from the central Queensland area around Clermont. He is also a native title holder in his grandmother’s country around Thargomindah in southwest Queensland.

Tony graduated in law from QUT and was admitted as a solicitor in 1988. He was called to the Bar in NSW in 2000 and appointed as Senior Counsel in 2015. He was a Part Time Acting Commissioner on the NSW Land and Environment Court (2011-2013). In 2013 he was junior for the appellant in the racial discrimination case Maloney v Queensland in the High Court, and was co-Senior Counsel assisting the Don Dale Royal Commission (2016-2017).

In 2018 Tony was awarded the QUT Outstanding Alumnus Award. He chairs professional committees for the Law Council of Australia and the NSW Bar Association and is a Council Member of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration. He was recently appointed to the advisory committee to Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into judicial bias.

Tony has represented many successful native title claimants, and been an adviser and negotiator in relation to various domestic First Nations treaty processes. Together with Chris Ronalds SC, he established the National Indigenous Legal Conference in 2006 which has been annual event held in various locations around Australia every year (except 2020). He is a member of the Climate Ready Institute advisory council.

Distinguised Professor Larissa Behrendt AO

Larissa Behrendt

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues.

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