March 2021

We're delighted to share with you some details of our half-day seminar on March 23. 

The event will also be live-streamed for those outside Adelaide. We look forward to seeing you there!

Maralinga: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Date: Tuesday 23 March 2021
Time: 2:15pm - 5:15pm
Where: Ligertwood 333, Law Lecture Theatre 2, the University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus 
This event will be live-streamed for those who cannot be present in person.
Cost: $30 - $80

Please join us on for a dynamic seminar on the history of Maralinga -- from those who were there and those who are carrying the legacy forward.

During the 1950s the British Government carried out a series of tests of the atom bomb in the outback regions of South Australia.  The traditional owners of the land upon which the tests were carried out were denied access to those lands from the mid-1950s until the mid-1960s.  The South Australian Government promised, in 1962, to return the land to Aboriginal ownership when the tests were completed. 

But when the tests were completed the land was uninhabitable.  Moving through the lands or living on the lands would have exposed the traditional owners to radiation illness and death.  Notwithstanding that
, the traditional owners sought for some 20 years until the early 1980s to persuade successive governments to honour the promise that had first been made.  Despite repeated requests by the traditional owners, supported by the Aboriginal Lands Trust, the promise remained unfulfilled.  With the passage of the APY legislation, renewed attempts were made by the traditional owners with the aid of lawyers, appointed by the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement to achieve fulfilment of that promise.
Welcome to Country
Opening remarks by the Chair – Professor John Williams, Provost and  Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide.
Indigenous land rights in South Australia before Mabo and the passage of the Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act 1984.
Presenter: Garry Hiskey, with support from the Chair of Maralinga Tjarutja, Jeremy LeBois and members of the Council of MT.
A feature of this presentation will be the playing of segments of an audio tape recorded at Ooldea in 1982. In this recording, elders of the community speak in language of their concern for their country and their desire to return to it.
A panel will discuss the developments in the law since the Mabo decision and the passage of the Native Title Act 1974 (Cth). Three perspectives will be given:
  • A judicial perspective: Retired Federal Court Justice, the Hon John Mansfield AM QC
  • The perspective of a lawyer engaged in native title litigation: Richard Bradshaw, Counsel
  • The perspective of an indigenous claimant: Khatija Thomas, lawyer and traditional owner
Panel discussion moderated by Chair John Williams
The Uluru Statement From The Heart; what it means, why is it needed, how might it be implemented. 
Personal perspectives:
  • Tanya Hosch, South Australian of the Year
  • Jeremy LeBois, Oak Valley Community
  • Sally Scales, Chairperson of the APY Executive Board Council

Tickets can be purchased here.

We hope to see you there!

What We're Reading & Listening To

  • Wilosophy with Wil Anderson. Intimate, touching and often funny conversations with interesting Australians. Episode 181 with Josh Szeps is particularly thought-provoking.
  • Strong Songs with Kirk Hamilton - A very full and informative deep dive into how some of the greatest modern songs were constructed and performed. The episode on "Satisfied" from Hamilton (the musical) is particularly fascinating.
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