Special Seminar: Uluru Statement of the Heart at Griffith University
This event will be run in collaboration with the
Centre for Governance & Public Policy and
the Indigenous Research Unit

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You are invited to join us for a Special Seminar: Uluru Statement of the Heart hosted by the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and the Indigenous Research Unit, Griffith University.

Speaker, Thomas Mayor, will share about the consensus at Uluru, his travels throughout the nation with the Uluru Statement Canvas, and what all Australians can do to achieve the Statement's ultimate vision: A Constitutionally Enshrined First Nations Voice and Makarrata.

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Thomas Mayor is a Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait Islander) man born and living on Larrakia country
(Darwin). He worked for 16 years in the maritime industry as a Port Worker and Stevedore, becoming an Organiser and then Elected Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) in 2010.
He wa
s elected as the President of the Northern Territory Trades and Labour Council in 2016, becoming a leader and spokesperson for the Northern Territory union movement. Thomas has long advocated for the interests of his fellow First Nations Peoples along with other social justice causes.


In early 2017, a series of 13 regional dialogues were designed and run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as part of the Referendum Council consultations, with Thomas being invited to the north of the Northern Territory regional dialogue held in Darwin. Thomas was elected by the regional dialogue to attend the culmination of those dialogues, the National Constitutional Reform Convention at Uluru. He assisted the organisers in designing the agenda for the Uluru Convention, and spoke about unity and organisation at the final plenary session. When the Uluru Statement from the Heart was read for the first time by Professor Megan Davis, the Statement was endorsed with standing acclamation and signed by approximately 250 Indigenous Peoples, including Thomas, from 13 regions across the entire continent. Since the Uluru Convention, Thomas has worked full time advocating for the aspirations within the Uluru Statement from the Heart, taking the Uluru Statement Canvas to many communities and organisations to raise awareness and build support for a people’s movement that will see the goals of the Statement become reality.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2018
Time: 5.45pm–8.00pm
Venue: Ship Inn Function Centre, Sidon Street, South Bank, Brisbane
RSVP: Tuesday 6 November 2018
*Drinks and canapes will be served following the seminar.


For further information about this seminar, please contact a.macdonald@griffith.edu.au

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