A Fearless look at the Voice to Parliament

Flinders University invites staff, students and the community to join a Fearless Conversation on the Voice to Parliament, being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 5.30pm on Wednesday 16 August.

This lecture on the Voice to Parliament aims to broaden awareness and open discussion through presenting leading experts and community members in a respectful conversation on challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The event will commence with a special keynote address from Professor Tom Calma AO, Aboriginal Australian human rights and social justice campaigner and 2023 Senior Australian of the Year.

Professor Calma AO will then be joined by a panel of experts for a fearless look at the different opinions and perspectives of people around Australia. The panel includes:

  • Ashum Owen, a proud Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Narungga woman and Flinders graduate, who is Principal Policy Officer for the SA Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.
  • Celeste Liddle, an Arrernte woman living in Melbourne, who is a union organiser, social commentator, freelance writer and Indigenous activist. In 2017, she was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.
  • Dr Rowan Nicholson, Law lecturer at Flinders University’s College of Business, Government and Law.
  • Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, a proud Bundjalung Widubul-Wiabul woman, who is an advocate for human rights and a lawyer, and has acquired a law and social work degree whilst completing her first-class honour thesis at the University of New South Wales.

Flinders University’s Fearless Conversations series has achieved significant success through facilitating insightful discussions on various global challenges and opportunities. These conversations have served as a source of inspiration, knowledge and advocacy, uniting our efforts to build a stronger future.

For more information about Fearless Conversations, and to register for the 16 August event, click here.

The Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement are hosting a range of events over the coming months to further educate and broaden awareness on the Voice to Parliament.

Voice to Parliament information session

Two information sessions hosted by the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement and the College of Business, Government and Law will provide an opportunity to listen to our panellists discuss key questions such as: ‘ What is the voice to parliament?’ and ‘What are the foremost issues and debates?’.

  • 10 August 2023, 1pm – 2pm, Health Sciences Lecture Theatre 1.01 and online. More information>
  • 8 September 2023, 6pm – 7pm, Level 1, Room 1, Victoria Square and online. More information>

Elder Forum – Our Voices are Strong

Staff are encouraged to save the date for the 2023 Elders Forum – Our Voices are Strong to be held on Thursday 21 September from 1pm-3pm in Darwin. More information will be available shortly.

Voice to Parliament yarning circles

Three yarning circles for staff and students on Kaurna Yarta (Bedford Park) will be held on Wednesday 4 October at Inparrila: 10am – 11.30am, 12noon – 1.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm. More information about the Kaurna Yarta yarning circles will be made available shortly.

Yarning circles on Arrernte Country (Alice Springs) and Larrakia Country (Darwin) are currently being organised throughout October, with dates and times to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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