Understanding the Voice - Australian Fabians

Understanding the Voice

Tuesday - 19 September, 2023 - 06:00 PM

Hope and Anchor Tavern - Hobart, Australia


On Saturday 14 October, Australians will have the opportunity to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution through a Voice to Parliament.

Many Australians are still not completely sure about questions such as:

  • What is the Indigenous voice to parliament and how would it work?
  • Do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people support the Voice?
  • Will the Voice insert race into the Constitution?
  • How will the Voice make a practical difference?
  • Don’t Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people already have lots of ‘voices’ to government and parliament?
  • How can the Voice represent the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views?
  • Why do we need to put the Voice in the Constitution?

Come along and hear from four speakers who will answer your questions about what a Voice to parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will mean in practical terms. Our panel includes:

Rodney Dillon: chairperson of the Aboriginal Heritage Council. He has been a member of numerous high-level boards including National Oceans (5 years), Australian Heritage Council (6 years), Stolen Generations (4 years) and Commissioner for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Commission (8 years).

Greg Barns: barrister, author, and political commentator. Greg practices in the areas of criminal law, administrative law, and human rights. He is a former President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. He was appointed Senior Counsel in Tasmania in 2020.

Matt Jeffrey: writer, musician, union activist, and student of Secondary Education at the University of Newcastle. He is a Wadi Wadi man of the Yuin Nation, and an advocate for social and economic justice.

Who’s going

Peter Norden

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