Join Allegra, Professor Tom Calma AO, Ruby Langton-Batty and Dr Shireen Morris for a Q&A on the Voice to Parliament.
Allegra will be hosting a Town Hall on the Voice to Parliament on Thursday June 8th from 6pm at Paddo RSL. Allegra will be joined by Professor Tom Calma AO, Member of the Referendum Working Group, Ruby Langton-Batty, Pro Bono Lawyer at Ashurst, and Constitutional expert Dr Shireen Morris of Macquarie University. This event is an opportunity to ask questions about the details of the referendum and hear from experts about why they are supporting the Yes campaign. If you have doubts, questions or just want to learn more, please come along. Please complete your details to RSVP to this event.
Professor Tom Calma AO is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan (Koong ara kan) tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja (Ee wad ja) tribal group in the NT. He one of Australia’s most respected human rights and social justice campaigners, who has worked for more than 45 years at local, community, state and international levels championing the rights, responsibilities and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. His call for Australia to address the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples was the catalyst for the Close the Gap Campaign. He was instrumental in establishing the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples; has led the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program; co-chaired Reconciliation Australia for over a decade; and has co-led the co-design of a Voice to Parliament initiative. Currently serving as the Chancellor of the University of Canberra, he is also an active volunteer, consultant, and the first Indigenous Australian to be inducted as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2022, he received fellowships from both the Australian Academy of Science and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2023, he was awarded the Senior Australian of the Year.
Ruby Langton-Batty is a proud descendant of the Bidjara and Iman peoples of Central Queensland. She was born in Alice Springs, grew up in the NT and Melbourne, and has lived in Sydney for over ten years. She was raised in an Aboriginal family and in Aboriginal culture and taught to have respect for others and a commitment to justice and human rights. Holding a Juris Doctor degree from UNSW, Ruby is a solicitor in Ashurst's pro bono team. Prior to studying law, she worked as a professional stage and screen designer.
Dr Shireen Morris is a constitutional lawyer and Director of the Radical Centre Reform Lab at Macquarie University Law School. She has advised Cape York Institute on constitutional reform for 12 years, and worked with Noel Pearson to help devise and advocate the concept of a constitutional Voice since 2014. Books include The Forgotten People (MUP), A Rightful Place (2017), Radical Heart (MUP), A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution (2020) and Statements from the Soul (2023) @ShireenMorrisMs