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In Conversation - Enshrining a Powerful First Nations Voice in the Constitution

Sunday, 5 July, 2020 13 Tammuz 5780

5:00 PM - 6:30 PMZoom

The urgency of structural change in Australia to honour First Nations sovereignty by enshrining a powerful First Nations Voice in the Constitution. The time to act is now!


This month we are delighted to welcome three important voices to our In Conversation with Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins:

The Honourable Justice Stephen Rothman was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales after a lengthy career as a barrister. His Honour sits in the Common Law Division, as a trial judge in: administrative law; contracts; torts; bail appeals; in major crime, and as a judge of the Court of Criminal Appeal.
For about 5 years, he chaired the Ngara Yura Committee of the NSW Judicial Commission, which liaises with the Aboriginal community and seeks to educate judicial officers about issues particularly affecting the community.  
For four years until August 2004 he was the President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and is currently the President of The Great Synagogue, Sydney. He has grandchildren at Emanuel School and at Emanuel Woollahra Preschool, as well as other grandchildren in other Jewish Dayschools.
In 2007 Justice Rothman was awarded with membership of the Order of Australia (AM), for his work in the Jewish community over many years.  

Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman Teela Reid is a powerful campaigner and lawyer. She was involved as a working group leader on s 51(xxvi), the Races Power, in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. She was the first Aboriginal person to be elected on the UNSW Law Society as Vice-President (Social Justice), and the Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award. In 2017, Teela was selected to attend Harvard University as a global Emerging Leader. On her return to Australia, Teela fearlessly took Prime Minister Turnbull to task on Q&A after his dismissal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Thomas Mayor is a Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait Islander) man born and living on Larrakia country (Darwin).  Thomas Mayor will also be joining us and will read extracts from his book ‘Finding the Heart of the Nation'.  Following the Uluru Convention, Thomas was entrusted to carry the sacred canvas of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and embarked on an eighteen-month journey around the country to garner support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations voice, and a Makarrata Commission for truth-telling and agreement-making or treaties. 

Please register to join us on online on Sunday 5 July at 5:00pm for this important conversation.


Ticket - Suggested and appreciated donation of $10+
A percentage of proceeds will be donated to indigenous children's literacy projects.

Ticket includes virtual access to the event.
Emanuel Synagogue is a non-profit deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. We have continued to provide virtual events throughout the pandemic, the majority of which have been provided free of charge. We are committed to creating community and providing a forum for ideas, but we need your help to sustain our operations and those who make this programming possible. Please contribute as much as you feel is appropriate to support our ongoing programming.
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