Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has awarded Tony McAvoy the inaugural Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year at the 5th National Indigenous Legal Conference in Canberra.
The Government established the award to recognise outstanding Indigenous lawyers who have made a special contribution to the rights of Indigenous people or who have an exceptional commitment to providing legal representation, advice or assistance.
Mr McAvoy is a descendant of the Wiri people of central Queensland and has 22 years experience in native title law, criminal law, land rights legislation and human rights.
In his speech to the conference, Mr McClelland said: “I am pleased to recognise Tony, who has undertaken many roles including solicitor, policy officer and barrister, to advocate on behalf of Indigenous Australians”.
“Mr McAvoy has a significant pro bono practice and in addition, runs a mentoring scheme for Indigenous law students.”
“He has also been tireless in his support for addressing the rights and needs of Indigenous people.”
Read the Attorney-General’s speech in full. [external web page decommissioned]