Symposium on Australia's Implementation of The Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Friday 21 September 2012
Monash University Law Chambers
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Time:   9:30am to 12:30pm (morning tea provided)

This symposium draws together experts to consider different dimensions of the United Nations Declaration, and its impact within the Australian legal and political landscape.


Watch Kerry Arabena discuss the rights of Indigenous Peoples in this 7 minute Q&A



Audio recording of Dr Mark McMillan's presentation

Audio recording of Dr Kerry Arabena's presentation

Audio recording of Matthew Storey's presentation


Dr Kerry Arabena's Presentation 'Reform, Recognition and the Rights of Indigenous Australians'

Matthew Storey's Presentation 'The Declaration and implementing Indigenous Land Justice'


Dr Mark McMillan
Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Law School

'Sesame Street once asked: Which one of these things looks just like the other?: Indigenous Nation Building and Self-Determination as understood by Australia's Indigenous Nations'

Mark is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW. He joined the faculty of Melbourne Law School as a Senior Lecturer in 2011 - being the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed to the faculty. Before Mark commenced at the Melbourne Law School, he was a Senior Researcher at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney and a staff attorney at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Mark also served as an Appellate Judge, pro-tempore of the Pascua Yaqui Court of Appeals, Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, Arizona until his return to Australia in June 2011.

Dr Kerry Arabena
Professor and Director, Indigenous Health Research in the School for Indigenous Health, Monash University

Dr Kerry Arabena is Professor and Director, Indigenous Health Research in the School for Indigenous Health, Monash University. A descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait, and a former social worker with a doctorate in human ecology, Professor Arabena has an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research working in senior roles in indigenous policy and sexual health. Her work has been in areas such as gender issues, social justice, human rights, access and equity, service provision, harm minimisation, and citizenship rights and responsibilities. She was a founding Co-Chair of the new national Indigenous peak body, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, a collective voice to lobby governments on Indigenous issues.

Matthew Storey
CEO of Native Title Services Victoria Ltd

Matthew Storey is CEO of Native Title Services Victoria Ltd. NTSV represents Victorian Traditional Owners in claims under the Commonwealth's Native Title Act and the Victorian Traditional Owners Settlement Act. Prior to taking up the position as CEO in early 2012, Matthew lived in the Northern Territory for nearly 25 years. While there he worked primarily in the area of Aboriginal Land Rights for many years as a Senior Crown Law Officer with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory. He also worked as Associate Professor and Head of Law at the Territory's Charles Darwin University. He was President of the Law Society of the Northern Territory and a Director of the Law Council of Australia.

He has also previously worked as Director of the NT Anti-Discrimination Commission and for the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service where he was primarily responsible for the "Stolen Generations cases".