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Signatory and advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart

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Thomas Mayo is a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. He is the Assistant National Secretary of the MUA. 

Thomas is a signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and has been a leading advocate since its inception in May 2017. He is the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Indigenous Labor Network and a director on the Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition board. 


Thomas is the author of six books published by Hardie Grant and has many articles and essays published across the major media providers.

His latest book is co-authored with well-respected journalist, Kerry O’Brien: The Voice to Parliament Handbook - All the details you need; published 17 May 2023.


Books, essays and articles by Thomas Mayo


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A dream that cannot be denied - On the road to Freedom Day. Published online by Griffith Review 20

When the heart speaks - Learning the language of listening in Australia. Published in Griffith Review 70, Generosities of Spirit, 2020

Time to heal: Uluru healing the people and the land. Published in What Happens Next, Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19, 2020

Where truths collide - Challenging Australia’s shaky foundations. Published in Griffith Review 76, Acts of Reckoning, 2022 

Understanding the Uluru Statement: Taking the invitation to the people through the classrooms Journal of Professional Learning 2022


The opening chapters in:
Ashley Hay (editor), Generosities of Spirit, Griffith Review 70, 2020

Ashley Hay (editor) with Teela Reid (curator), Acts of Reckoning, Griffith Review 76, 2022

Emma Dawson, Janet McCalman (editors), What Happens Next? Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19, MUP, Melbourne, 2020


Future publications by Thomas Mayo to look out for:

Thomas Mayo and Bernard Namok Jr, All about the Torres Strait Islander Flag, Magabala Books, 2023

Books and Essays

Articles featuring Thomas Mayo


Podcasts and Interviews

NITV’s Living Black: Season 25 Episode 8. January 2018 with Karla Grant

Thomas Mayo in conversation with Rabbi Kammins at the Emanuel Synagogue March 2019

Black Magic Woman Podcast Episode 61 with Mundanara Bayles, May 2021

Episode 10: What unity means to author and advocate Thomas Mayo Australia Remade Podcast 

Stories behind the Story with Better Reading Thomas Mayo on masculinity, love and culture with Cheryl Akle September 2021

The Guardian’s Book it in Podcast, about Dear Son with Paul Daley  Tara June Winch and Thomas Mayo on Indigenous Masculinity December 2021

Find your Voice with Zoe Daniel January 2022

Just a bunch of bullsh*t excuses with Abbie Chatfield April 2022

Cathy McGowan and Thomas Mayo speaking from the heart Wayne Jansson, May 2022

ABC Conversations July 2022 with Charlie King



Thomas currently has no upcoming events. Check back here for future updates.

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