“Protecting and standing up for the vulnerable through our use of the legal system can help Australian communities come to terms with the injustices of the past and present. Through recognition and compensation, those in need can also find hope for the future. But the fight is far from over.” Jennifer Kanis, Head of Social Justice
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to experience a range of injustices, despite efforts to help close the reconciliation gap in health, income and living standards between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
A Federal Court trial began on 2 June 2014 before Justice Anthony North. Evidence was also taken on country in Tennant Creek for 5 days. Two weeks into the trial, the parties reached a settlement after the Federal Government agreed not to act upon the nomination of the site by the Northern Land Council (NLC).
Stolen Generation compensation payments
Maurice Blackburn has assisted members of the Stolen Generation to make applications for compensation under statutory regimes and has assisted claimants to make Freedom of Information requests for records relating to their removal and housing.
Maurice Blackburn Reconciliation Action Plan
As Australia’s leading social justice law firm, Maurice Blackburn’s Reconciliation Action Plan is critical in implementing our firm’s fundamental values. It builds upon our firm’s proud history of engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to promote reconciliation.
Our priorities for our Reconciliation Action Plan are to:
- promote and provide access to justice
- provide enhanced employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians
- facilitate positive cultural change within and outside Maurice Blackburn
- develop and extend our relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, representative bodies and businesses.
We strongly support reconciliation and are committed to working to overcome division and inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. Specifically, we want to actively contribute to closing the gap in health, income and living standards between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australians.
“If we are serious about addressing violence against women and children, we must also tackle the many key social issues facing women, including gender inequality. For too many women, inequalities persist throughout their life - from childhood, to entering the workforce, starting a family, and in retirement. We must set the standard now that all forms of inequality facing women, and the attitudes and treatment of women that this inequality creates, are unacceptable in modern Australia.” Liberty Sanger, Principal and Board Member Maurice Blackburn, Chair Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Victoria
Land is very sacred in Aboriginal culture. So when the NLC tried to build a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty without all the traditional owners’ consent, they fought for their right to be heard. https://www.facebook.com/MauriceBlackburnLawyers/videos/1732108537041722/
From equal wages for Aboriginal stockmen in 1966, to protecting Muckaty Station from becoming a nuclear waste dump in 2014, we are proud to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to address injustice. #ReconciliationWeek