Will this Voice carry or will it become yet another referendum that fails to pass Australia’s history test
Much has been written about the “yes” and “no” campaigns for the Voice. Less has been written about the actual chances of the referendum being successful. There are lots of ways that we can try to determine the probability of the referendum being carried. We can look at polls. We can analyse the merits of…
A strong Indigenous Voice to Parliament is a sign of ‘healthy democracy’
The shadow Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash has asserted that the Voice to Parliament is divisive, and breaches discrimination laws. She is wrong. Seeking to overcome the systemic discrimination that Indigenous Australians face, is entirely consistent with our racial discrimination laws.
Government’s family law bill is a big step forward. But it doesn’t do enough to address family violence
The Labor government’s Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 is making its way quietly through Australia’s federal parliament. It will become one of the most important laws passed this year. It proposes to overhaul the family law system to make it “safer and simpler for separating families to navigate, and ensure the best interests of children are placed at its…
Minorities supporting minorities: Why the LGBTIQA+ community should support the Voice
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, celebrated on 17 May each year, is generally a time to reflect on the advances that have been made in increasing respect for the rights of LGBTIQA+ people, as well as think about the work that still needs to be done. However, this year, rather than looking…
Victoria could protect LGBTQI people from hate. Why won’t the government act now?
For more than 20 years in Victoria, it has been unlawful to vilify people on the basis of their race or religion. Quite rightly, this means action can be taken against white supremacist speech, or hate speech which targets, for example, the Jewish or Muslim communities. But other communities in Victoria have no such protection. It…
Be assured the Voice will be a grassroots, diverse process
Australians have many questions about what The Voice to Parliament will look like, how it will work and why it is needed. These are all important questions and it is reasonable that people want to know the answers before they cast their vote in the referendum later this year. This piece explains the principles that…