An Indigenous Voice to Parliament – Book Resource31 March, 2023
During March, Fr Frank Brennan SJ launched his book – An Indigenous Voice to Parliament – Considering a constitutional bridge. You can find information about the launch and some background to the book here – https://css.org.au/cssv-hosts-book-launch-event-an-indigenous-voice-to-parliament/.
Following is a precis of the book sourced from the publisher, Garratt Publishing.
Australians will soon be asked to vote in a referendum asking ‘Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?’
Frank Brennan has been an advocate for Indigenous rights for 40 years. Here he shows the difficult path travelled by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and their supporters to get to this question.
In the past, advocates argued for changes to Commonwealth Parliament’s powers to legislate for Indigenous Australians and to the capacity of the High Court to strike down racially discriminatory laws. They also offered changes to the Constitution that would acknowledge Indigenous history, reality and aspirations.
All those proposals are now replaced with the Voice. But is it to be a Voice to Parliament or a Voice to Parliament and to Government? Would the focus be only on special laws applying to the First Australians, or on any other relevant matters?
This book fairly outlines both the ‘Yes’ case and the ‘No’ case, so that voters can make up their own minds before casting their vote in the referendum.
Fr Brennan’s book can be obtained through the Cathedral Gift and Bookstore, Rockhampton:
- Email – email@example.com
- Phone – 07 4921 2170