Tony McAvoy SC

Episode 46

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

On episode 47 I yarn to Tony McAvoy. Tony is a Wirdi man from the central Queensland area around Clermont. He is also a native title holder in his grandmother’s country around Thargomindah in southwest Queensland.

Tony graduated in law from QUT and was admitted as a solicitor in 1988. He was called to the Bar in NSW in 2000 and appointed as Senior Counsel in 2015. He was a Part Time Acting Commissioner on the NSW Land and Environment Court (2011-2013), was co-Senior Counsel assisting the Don Dale Royal Commission (2016-2017).

In 2018 he was awarded the QUT Outstanding Alumnus Award. He chairs professional committees in NSW and nationally. He has represented many successful native title claimants and been an adviser and negotiator in relation to various domestic First Nations treaty processes.  Together with Chris Ronalds SC he established the National Indigenous Legal Conference in 2006 which has been annual event held in various locations around Australia every year (except 2020). He is also a member of the Climate Ready Institute advisory council.

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