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October 2022

Raising the Voice to Parliament

5 Nov 2022, 12:30pm – 01:30pm

Hear from a panel of First Nations experts about the opportunities, challenges and complexities involved in Australia’s journey towards enshrining a First Nations Voice to Parliament.


The Voice to Parliament is a watershed moment for First Nations people. Offering a pathway to constitutional recognition and a mechanism to enact real change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Voice will be proposed in a national referendum due by 2025.

But what does the Voice to Parliament mean, and what will it look like? What are the forms of support and dissent espoused within First Nations communities? And with only eight of the past 44 national referendums garnering enough support to enact constitutional change, what will be required to make the Voice to Parliament a reality?

This Wheeler Centre Spring Fling event is presented in partnership with Blak & Bright and features lawyer Teela Reid and co-chair of the senior design group for the Voice Professor Marcia Langton. Hosted by writer and creative Ben Abbatangelo, find out what form the Voice might take, what it represents to First Nations communities, and what its impact would be on individuals.

This event will open with a Yarn Bomb from emerging Wamba Wamba playwright Brodie Murray.