Proof of Birth Book Launch

Proof of Birth - Book Launch

Date:       Thursday 28 May 2015

Time:       6.00pm: Panel. 7.30pm: Book launch 

Venue:     Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Hall, 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne 

RSVP:      Thursday 21 May to law-marketing@monash.edu (essential for catering purposes)

Please join us for the launch of the new book Melissa Castan and Paula Gerber (eds) Proof of Birth, published by future leaders. 

To be launched by Dr Kate Auty, Vice Chancellor's Fellow University of Melbourne and Chair of Advisory Board of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. 

Australia has not yet achieved universal birth registration, which means that many people without a birth certificate struggle to enjoy the benefits of citizenship. In particular, people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, rural and remote communities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, are over- represented in the number of unregistered births.

This book draws together the work of a range of experts from diverse fields who present recent developments and strategies designed to overcome the barriers to accessing the birth registration systems.

"The book is comprehensive and holistic. It details practical and tangible actions that can be taken to address this often neglected human rights issue."

Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

"This book is a significant contribution in the Australian context of birth registration, and I hope that others will have the sense of excitement that I did. Long awaited, revolutionary. The right to name, the right to identity, the right to protection are all intricately woven into the works in this book. A captivating read."

Professor Kerry Arabena, Chair for Indigenous Health and Director, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, University of Melbourne.

Guests to the book launch are also invited to the panel conversation being held at the Melbourne Town Hall, from 6.00pm:

Indigenous Knowledge: talking law, country and cultural heritage

Melbourne enjoys a growing reputation as a "knowledge city" yet the understanding and appreciation of Indigenous knowledge is modest. Join the conversation and celebrate National Reconciliation Week with three prominent Aboriginal Australians as they share their knowledge on law, reform, country and cultural heritage.

Panel
Mr Rueben Berg - Architect and Adjunct Lecturer Monash University
Prof. Megan Davis - Lawyer UNSW and Chair of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Mr Gary Murray -Traditional Owner and Land Rights Activist
MC Prof. Kate Auty - Vice Chancellor's Fellow University of Melbourne and Chair of Advisory Board of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 6.00-7.30pm (Entry from 5.30pm)
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Hall, 120 Swanton Street Melbourne
Free Entry: Register online at: email conversations@melbourne.vic.gov.au or call 9658 9965.

The evening's events are presented by Melbourne Conversations, the City of Melbourne's program of free talks, supported by Future Leaders and the Law Faulty, Monash University.