On October 15, Australians will be asked to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution for the first time and give them a say in the policies and challenges that affect their communities through a Voice to Parliament.
We invite you to join Nick Cameron and Tim Costello in conversation with Martin Flanagan. Hear about what the Voice is, why it's important and what it means for our country's future. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
Nick Cameron is a Pairrebeene / Trawlwoolway / Paredareme man from Tebrakunna Country Cape Portland and the Oyster Bay Nation. Son of respected Elder Aunty Patsy Cameron AO, Nick is the chair of Melythina Tiakana Warrana Aboriginal Corporation, and a director of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service. He is the Tasmanian community representative on the national Voice Referendum Engagement Group convened by Minister Linda Burney. He is also a community representative on the Tasmanian Treaty and Truth Telling Aboriginal Advisory Group. Nick is a strong supporter of constitutional recognition and an enshrined voice to parliament and will be voting Yes in the referendum.
Rev Tim Costello is the Minister of St Kilda Baptist Church and the former CEO of World Vision Australia.
Martin Flanagan has been writing on Indigenous affairs for 40 years. He wrote a book, The Short Long Book, with star Aboriginal footballer Michael Long and in 2006 his play, The Call, was performed with Aboriginal actors and choreographer at Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre. He is currently writing a book with Tasmanian Aboriginal elder Aunty Patsy Cameron.
Aunty Patsy Cameron will be giving the Welcome to Country at this event.