We support the amendment to enshrine a First Nations Voice in the Australian constitution, to be taken to a referendum in late 2023.
Our firm has publicly supported the call for a constitutionally enshrined Voice through support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart since 2019. Our second Elevate RAP, launched in September 2021, included a commitment to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views and voices expressed with clarity, consistency and urgency in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We acknowledge the diversity of views on this topic. Irrespective of our firm’s support for the amendment, each individual Australian voter will make up their own mind about how to vote on the day of the referendum.
Our proud history in advancing reconciliation
We have long been committed to advancing a culture of partnership and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.
In 2011, we launched our first of four Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). Our two most recent RAPs received ‘Elevate’ status - the highest level of leadership endorsement by Reconciliation Australia.
Supporting First Nations communities has been a central pillar of our pro bono practice for many years and aligns with our commitment to diversity & inclusion.
Some of our supporting initiatives include our engagement in the CareerTrackers program and our support for Towards Truth, a collaboration between the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and The University of New South Wales’s Indigenous Law Centre (ILC).