Gateway Building, Trinity College
100 Royal Parade
In Radical Heart, Dr Shireen Morris takes us inside a vital campaign to meet the powerful Indigenous advocates, helpful (and unhelpful) non-Indigenous lawyers, unlikely conservative and monarchist allies and infuriating politicians. We travel with Morris through the wins, disappointments and, ultimately, the betrayals that led to the Turnbull government's heartbreaking rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Radical Heart is a challenge for all Australians to dream together of a fairer future, and work as one to make it happen.
This event is presented by the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School in partnership with Trinity College Melbourne and Melbourne University Publishing.
The book will be launched by Richie Ahmat, Co-Chair of the Cape York Partnership Group and a member of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council.
Mr Richie Ahmat, Co-Chair of the Cape York Partnership Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council
Mr Richie Ahmat
Co-Chair of the Cape York Partnership Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council
Cape York Partnership Group
Richard (Richie) Ah Mat was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. His parents are descendants from the east and west coasts of Cape York. Richie’s mother is a Wuthathi woman whose traditional lands cover the ‘white sand’ area around Shelburne Bay on eastern Cape York, while his father was a Yupungathi man whose traditional country can be found on the western side of Cape York between Weipa and Mapoon. Richie worked for Comalco for 27 years and was the first Aboriginal man to hold the position of President of a Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union Lodge. Richie was elected as Chairperson of the Cape York Land Council in 1997. After serving his fourth term he moved into the position of Executive Director of Cape York Land Council in 2001 and held this position until 2005, before returning as Chairperson in late 2009. Richie is CoChair of the Cape York Partnership Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
Dr Shireen Morris, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School
Dr Shireen Morris
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
Shireen Morris is a lawyer, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School, and a senior adviser on constitutional reform to Cape York Institute. Neither Indigenous nor white, Shireen Morris is both outside observer and instrumental insider in the fight for Indigenous rights. Shaped by her family's Indian and Fijian migrant story, Morris is a key player in what many consider the greatest moral challenge of our nation: constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.