Speaker Series: Monash launches Voice to Parliament forum and affirms support for the Uluru Statement of the Heart process

The Speaker Series panel members include: Teela Reid, Luke Beck, Jamil Tye and Narelda Jacobs

Monash University is proud to announce the launch of its Speaker Series: Voice to Parliament event on 25 May 2023, which is part of the University's commitment to fostering dialogue, reconciliation and a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives within the broader Australian community.

In the lead up to the national vote between October and December, the Speaker Series: Voice to Parliament forum, and a range of other community events, will elevate both Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices, and empower leaders and scholars to share their insights and experiences on issues of importance to Indigenous communities in Australia. Through thought-provoking discussions and engaging presentations, Thursday’s forum will explore key themes such as constitutional recognition, self-determination and the call for a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, reinforced the University’s commitment to the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

“Monash University Council unanimously supports the process outlined in the Uluru Statement of the Heart, a landmark Indigenous consensus document that calls for constitutional reform and the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament,” said Professor Gardner.

“Through this endorsement, Council recognises the importance of a genuine and enduring partnership with Indigenous peoples that is grounded in respect, recognition and reconciliation.

"Further, our support for the Uluru Statement of the Heart aligns with Monash’s values of diversity, inclusivity and social justice. We are committed to actively engaging in conversations and actions that promote a more equitable and inclusive society for all Australians."

Professor Tristan Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) of Monash University and proud Noongar Aboriginal man, expressed the University's commitment to facilitating an informed discourse in the lead up to the Federal Government’s referendum to amend the Constitution later in 2023.

"We believe in the power of dialogue and education to drive positive change. This event will contribute to a deeper understanding of Indigenous issues and amplify the voices of Indigenous peoples in shaping our nation's future," said Professor Kennedy.

“Monash students, staff and the wider community can contribute to the democratic process around the lead up to the referendum. Higher education institutions have a responsibility and are in a privileged position to facilitate robust conversations about matters like this that affect everyone in the community, that’s what I see Monash University being able to do in 2023.”

Director of Monash’s William Cooper Institute and proud Yorta Yorta/Boon Wurrung man Jamil Tye said the University is working to foster meaningful dialogue amongst its student population, advance reconciliation efforts, and contribute to a future where Indigenous voices are heard, respected and empowered, while recognising some in community are seeking more detail about the proposed constitutional change.

“Through engagements such as these, we will create space for conversations and answer questions about the Voice that build understanding. We invite the community to get involved and join in the conversations taking place about this pivotal moment and are especially looking forward to engaging with our students around the latest news and developments.”

To learn more about the Speaker Series: Voice to Parliament and Monash University's commitment to the Uluru Statement of the Heart, please visit the University's website.

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