18 law firms show support for Uluru Statement From the Heart

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Some of the leading law firms in Australia have issued a joint statement in support of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.

The statement was released in May 2017 and is a national Indigenous consensus position on Indigenous constitutional reform, which was drafted at the end of a three-day constitutional convention of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates. The Statement was the culmination of 13 Regional Dialogues held around the country during a year-long consultation.

The 18 firms - Allens, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clayton Utz, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Dentons, DLA Piper, Fisher Dore, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, Holding Redlich, Jackson McDonald, King & Wood Mallesons, Lander & Rogers, Minter Ellison, Norton Rose Fulbright and Russell Kennedy – issued the following joint statement in support:

To the First Nations of Australia:

Thank you for your Uluru Statement From the Heart, an invitation to Australia and the Australian people.

Thank you for your invitation to walk with you in a movement of all Australian people for a better future.

We recognise the Uluru Statement From the Heart as an historic mandate to create a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.

We hear and support your call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and for a referendum as a national priority.

We look forward to working with and supporting you, governments and all Australia to take this next step towards reconciliation.

Brooke Massender, Head of Pro Bono at Herbert Smith Freehills, said: “The historic consensus reached at Uluru was a major milestone in the journey towards achieving substantive constitutional reform. Through this broad collaborative response we are signalling clearly that First Nations voices matter and should be heard.”

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