National Reconciliation Week Parliamentary Library Lecture
2018 marks 30 years since Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Wenten Rubuntja presented the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, with a statement of Indigenous political objectives at the Barunga Festival in the Northern Territory.
What became known as the ‘Barunga Statement’ called for Indigenous self-management, a national system of land rights, compensation for loss of lands, respect for Aboriginal identity, an end to discrimination, and the granting of full civil, economic, social and cultural rights.
Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, University of New South Wales, will speak on the significance of the Barunga Statement in relation to the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart and the work of the Aboriginal constitutional dialogues in designing a framework of reform to address disadvantage and commence a process of reconciliation.
Canberra Australian Capital Territory