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Everything You Need to Know About the Voice to Parliament

UNSW Press

Everything You Need to Know About the Voice to Parliament


In late 2023 Australians will vote in a referendum on enshrining an Indigenous Voice to parliament in the Constitution. What benefits will the Voice bring? And what was the journey to this point?

Everything You Need to Know About the Voice to Parliament, written by co-author of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Cobble Cobble woman Megan Davis, and fellow constitutional expert George Williams is essential reading on the Voice to parliament, how our Constitution was drafted, what the 1967 referendum achieved, and the Uluru Statement. It charts the journey of this nation-building reform from the earliest stages of Indigenous advocacy and, importantly, explains how the Voice to parliament offers change that will benefit the whole nation.

About the author

Megan Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman from south-west Queensland. She is the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law, Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW Law and Pro Vice Chancellor at UNSW. She designed the regional dialogue method that led to the consensus at Uluru on 26 May 2017 and read the Uluru Statement from the Heart to the national convention and then the Australian public for the first time. She is the leading constitutional lawyer on Indigenous constitutional recognition and advises the Australian government as a member of its Indigenous Referendum Working Group and as a member of its Constitutional Expert Group. She is a United Nations expert based in the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva and formerly UN New York.

George Williams AO is the Anthony Mason Professor and a Scientia Professor, as well as a Deputy Vice Chancellor, at UNSW. His books including Australian Constitutional Law and Theory, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia and Human Rights Under the Australian Constitution. He has appeared as a barrister in the High Court of Australia and is a columnist for The Australian. He serves as a member of the Australian government’s Constitutional Expert Group advising on the wording of the Voice referendum. He is also the co-author, with Harry Hobbs, of How to Rule Your Own Country: The weird and wonderful world of micronations (NewSouth).

Megan Davis George Williams
Published August 2023 
240 pages
210mm x 135mm
ISBN 9781742238111 

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