Megan Davis delivers 2020 John Menadue Oration



Megan Davis, UNSW pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, delivered the third John Menadue Oration in 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 John Menadue Oration was held as a virtual event.

The 2020 John Menadue Oration

Professor Megan Davis delivered a powerful and impassioned response to the question, “Can Australia Deliver?”

Professor Davis addressed the future of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the ongoing journey toward Constitutional reform, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Australians.

The evening was moderated by Centre for Policy Development CEO Travers McLeod and featured an introduction from Board Member Kirsten Gray, as well as a lively moderated conversation and Q&A session between Professor Davis and renowned Indigenous leader Aunty Pat Anderson AO.

The Oration concluded with closing remarks from former Senator and co-chair of Reconciliation Australia Fred Chaney AO.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a mirror to Australia saying,
“Look how much we’ve already done as a nation.”

It’s just time to bring it home. 

Professor Megan Davis

 2020 John Menadue Oration

About Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis is the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law and Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

She is also an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Professor Davis is formerly Chair and expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

As a constitutional lawyer and a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution, she helped craft the Uluru Statement.

Professor Davis is also a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission, and supports the North Queensland Cowboys and the QLD Maroons. 

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