ANU/Canberra Times. Meet the Author. Megan Davis and George Williams
Megan Davis and George Williams will be in conversation Mark Kenny on their new book Everything You Need to Know about the Voice. Australians will soon be faced with an important choice. Will they vote Yes to change our nation’s Constitution to introduce an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice? Or will they vote No and bring the recognition process to a halt and, along with it, the aspirations of an overwhelming number of Australia’s first peoples? The stakes could not be higher.
In late 2023 Australians will vote in a referendum on enshrining an Indigenous Voice to parliament and government in the Constitution. What benefits will it bring? And what was the journey to this point?
Everything You Need to Know about the Voice, 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 and government, how our Constitution was drafted, what the 1967 referendum achieved, what it left unfinished and the Uluru Statement. This updated edition charts the journey of this nation-building reform from the earliest stages of Indigenous advocacy, explores myths and misconceptions and, importantly, explains how the Voice offers change that will benefit the whole nation.
‘A vitally important book written for all Australians who have accepted the Uluru invitation and are walking with us in a journey of the Australian people for a better future.’ – Patricia Anderson AO Alyawarre woman
Professor Megan Davis is the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law, Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor at UNSW. She is the leading constitutional lawyer on Indigenous constitutional recognition and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council, Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition and the Referendum Working Group.
George Williams AO is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning and Assurance, Anthony Mason Professor and a Scientia Professor at UNSW. He has served as Dean of UNSW and has written and edited 37 books, including Australian Constitutional Law and Theory, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia and Human Rights under the Australian Constitution. George is a well-known media commentator on legal issues.
Mark Kenny is Professor at the Australian Studies Institute at ANU, where he hosts the popular podcast series ‘Democracy Sausage’ .Mark is the Canberra Times political analyst and a regular on the ABC’s Insiders program, Sky News Agenda, and radio programs across the country.
The vote of thanks will be given by former Canberra Citizen of the Year Alex Sloan AM, who has been a journalist for over 30 years, including as a long-time broadcaster with the ABC.
This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.
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