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.