In the final week of the referendum – make up your own mind

Oct 11, 2023
The Australian and Australian Aboriginal flags fly on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a windy and sunny afternoon in summer.

What can we achieve together in this final week of the referendum campaign? Join me on Thursday for a special webinar with First Nations women Lynette Riley and Beverly Baker to learn first hand about the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

A free Zoom webinar in this Voice Referendum Week: Thursday 12 October 3.30-4.30pm

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It’s my honour and privilege to be joining with two highly accomplished First Nations women, Lynette Riley and Beverly Baker, plus facilitator Jane Caro, to bring you a positive view of what we can achieve together in this crucial referendum week.

It is clear that voting for First Nations’ recognition in the Australian Constitution is widely popular. What seems more contentious is the idea that First Nations should have a Voice to Parliament to make informed representations on matters that directly affect them.

Please join us for this discussion. Can you also make it your business to invite others to “jump aboard” and find out more?

This matters greatly for First Nations. It matters for Australia.

Your engagement can make a difference.

The webinar is one hour long. It is free – but you must register to get the Zoom link.

The two First Nations women you will hear from are Prof Lynette Riley, AO, and Beverly Baker, Chair of the OWN.

Lynette Riley is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman currently a Senior Lecturer in the University of Sydney, Sydney School of Education and Social Work with more than 30 years working experience as a teacher and in Aboriginal education and administration within primary schools, high schools, TAFE, state office and universities. Lynette was one of the founding members of the NSW DET Aboriginal Education Unit and was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal presence in universities. As an Aboriginal person, Lynette has been required not to just theorise about what is occurring to and for Aboriginal children, but rather to be actively involved in effecting sustainable change. She has a long history working for Reconciliation at the local level. Her belief is that Reconciliation is an imperative if we are to create understanding and move forward in this nation.

Beverly Baker is currently Chair of the active and activist Older Women’s Network in NSW, the organisation hosting this webinar (for ALL ages). She has served as the President of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations (NSW) advocating for parents with students in public schools. She has been instrumental in the establishment and running of a number of charities, notably the FSHD Global Research Foundation. Bev is also the current CEO of the Aboriginal Education Council.

I can promise you a lively, encouraging experience. Thank you to OWN, Jane, Beverly and Lynette. We hope to see you there!

Register here.



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