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13 February 2023


Senator Anne Urquhart

Senator for Tasmania

Chief Government Whip in The Senate



Understanding The Voice Town Hall Meeting

Tasmanians are invited to participate in a virtual town hall meeting on Saturday the 18th of February to discuss the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to parliament.

The town hall meeting has been called by Labor Senator Anne Urquhart to begin community conversations about the upcoming referendum on the Voice. Anyone can join the meeting online using their computer, laptop or other mobile devices and everyone is welcome to join.

Senator Urquhart will be joined by Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians, as well as Thomas Mayo, a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. Mayo is the author of the book Finding the Heart of the Nation – the Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth.

The virtual town hall aims to focus on what the Voice is, what it is not, and why it matters.

Using a recently developed, interactive, online platform developed by an Australian firm Civility Tech, participants will be able to engage with speakers in real time, ask questions and express their thoughts on the Voice.

The town hall meeting is part of a week of activity in Tasmania that will kick-start an information campaign on the upcoming referendum to ensure that all Tasmanians are armed with the information they need to vote on the Voice.

Those interested in attending the virtual town hall on Saturday the 18th of February at 3pm can register here


Quotes attributable to Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania:

“To understand why an Aboriginal at Torres Strait Islander Voice to parliament matters, it is vital that we have these conversations. This town hall meeting is the start of an important discussion about changing Australia’s constitution and finally giving our first nation’s people a place on our nation’s birth certificate.”

“Everyone is invited to join in for this conversation because it is only by listening that we can truly understand each other. Like the proposed Voice to parliament, that is what this meeting is about. Listening and understanding.”

“I support the Voice because I believe that by listening to the experiences and concerns of our Indigenous people, we will achieve better outcomes when it comes to government policy and action. It’s about taking Australia forward together.”


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