Corrs Chambers Westgarth has joined with 17 other leading law firms in Australia to make a public response in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Released in May 2017, the Uluru Statement from the Heart 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 collective response from the law firms to the Uluru Statement of the Heart is as follows:
To the First Nations of Australia:
Thank you for your 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 Statement 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.
Corrs Partner and Chair of the firm’s Reconciliation Action Plan Steering Committee, David Yates said: “We participated in this joint statement in support of the Uluru Statement because it was the right thing to do and because our people wanted us to do it. Giving our country’s First Nations a voice in our parliamentary process, and enshrining this within the Constitution, is a critical step towards real and meaningful change for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The other supporting law firms include Allens, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clayton Utz, 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.
To view the Uluru Statement of the Heart, click here.
For further information, please email Glenn Taylor or contact by phone on +61 2 9210 6593.