Voice Update and Upcoming Events

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New resources and events in the ACT

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As the Voice debate continues, I

wanted to share an update and a few more ways to get

involved.

There’s now a ‘Voice’ tab on my website with resources you can check out. It has

everything from introductory videos to constitutional law podcasts and

the Parliamentary Advisory Report on the Constitution Alteration. If

there are other pieces of content you think we should be aware of,

please don’t hesitate to send us an email.

Last week, Thomas Mayo and Kerry

O’Brien launched their new book, The

Voice to Parliament Handbook – All the detail you need.

It’s available now through all major bookstores. It’s well worth a

read and makes for a great gift too.

     

There have been some powerful (and

also some pretty disturbing) speeches on the Voice from

parliamentarians in recent weeks.

Liberal Member for Bass Bridget

Archer’s contribution on the Voice to

Parliament in the House,

was a highlight. She speaks on behalf of members of her community,

putting their words in front of the Parliament as a true

representative should. She also showed real leadership by standing up

and addressing some of the misleading narratives coming from within

her own party.

On Monday night, we saw Labor

Member for Gellibrand, Tim Watts MP, share a moving personal story and

the sentiment behind it on Q&A. He speaks about how this will be a

vote that “echoes down the generations” and encourages people to think

about being a good ancestor saying “Don’t meet the gracious gift of the Uluru

Statement from the Heart – what an act of generosity in the face of

our history, to provide this pathway forward for healing and for unity

for our country – you know don’t respond to that with bush-lawyering

and internet conspiracy theories and dog-whistling. Rise to the

moment. This is a moment we can all grasp and do something that will

echo down the generations.” You can watch his comments as well as comments from others on

the QandA panel here

There are a number of

Voice related events coming up in

Canberra listed below.

They’re a great way to actively engage in this important moment for

our country and to have informed conversations with people in your

network. 

  1. Tomorrow night, the University of

    Canberra has their first lecture in a series they're hosting about the

    Voice. It will be presented by Julian Leeser MP and you can RSVP

    here. Keep an eye on the UC Events page as they will be announcing more lectures

    shortly.

  2. On Friday, Active Democracy Bean will be hosting an information session with

    Together,

    Yes about how to host

    respectful and constructive Voice conversations. If you’re interested

    in participating in this online event, RSVP here.

  3. Thursday 22 June, Professor Tom Calma

    AO will be giving the ANU Reconciliation Lecture 2023, in partnership

    with the University of Canberra, at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Professor

    Calma is the 2023 Senior

    Australian of the year, Chancellor of UC and Professor of Practice

    (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Sydney. You can see full

    details and reserve your spot here.

Kind regards,

David

David Pocock
http://www.davidpocock.com.au/

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