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Conversations about the Voice from Melbourne Law School

Conversations About The Voice is a series of events exploring and explaining the proposal to change the Australian Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia. The series is organised by the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School.

The series is a public-facing initiative which aims to inform public understanding of, and public debate about, the proposed constitutional change, including the process of change, over the course of the referendum year, with a particular focus on the constitutional and legal dimensions of The Voice proposal. Each event will be dedicated to a core aspect of the reform proposal, and feature leading thinkers and a range of perspectives. The series is intended to be interactive, and to provide an opportunity for members of the audience to contribute to the conversation and have their questions answered.

The series is convened by Timothy Goodwin (List A Barristers), Laureate Emeritus Professor Cheryl Saunders AO (Melbourne), and Professor Jason Varuhas (Director, CCCS).

To get the conversation going, they have prepared an Info Sheet that sets out the terms of the proposed change, what it means, and what the process is likely to be over the referendum year. Feel free to use it and distribute it as widely as you like. It will be amended from time to time during the course of the year, to make sure it is up to date.

Recording of First Seminar held on Monday 3 April

The second seminar in the series addresses how The Voice will work in practice, particularly in relation to its interactions with Parliament and the Executive. Recording yet to become available.

Recording of Second Seminar held on Tuesday 2 May

The third seminar held on 5 June explores, What is the role of the courts in relation to The Voice? And include a discussion of the role of the courts in relation to The Voice, including in relation to judicial review of The Voice itself, and of Parliament and Government in relation to representations made by The Voice.

Recording of Third Seminar held Monday 5 June

Further seminars are planned, with details to be announced in due course.