The Voice: A choice for the past, present and future

Australians are being asked to decide about changing our constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a Voice to parliament. Building on decades of work and consultation, the Voice was a key proposal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart (2017) calling for ‘the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution….’

The July event (12th July 6.00-7.30pm) for the Newcastle Institute will bring together two speakers to discuss the Voice and its importance for all Australians. Sean Gordon AM, A Wangkumarra/Barkindji man is a strong advocate of self-determination for Indigenous communities, and for social, cultural, and economic empowerment. Damien Freeman, a writer, lawyer and philosopher is the principal policy advisor at the PM Glynn Institute and founding member of Uphold and Recognise, a non-profit organisation that promotes discussion of how we can recognise Indigenous Australians without disturbing the way that the Constitution operates.

In embracing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and supporting the need for constitutional reform the government has positioned the Voice as an opportunity for all Australians to come together in recognising the past and collaborating for a better future. In contrast the Opposition are actively campaigning against the voice with claims it will divide Australia. In this highly politicised environment, it is difficult to get accurate information to guide voting decisions.

As well as provide expert commentary on the rationale, development processes, constitutional impacts and outcomes for all Australians, our experts will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about the Voice to inform your decision on the referendum.

WHEN: 12 Jul 2023 – 6pm – 7.30pm

WHERE: Souths Merewether

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