The following pages pull together opinion pieces, published articles and other resources that may help people better understand the Yes case
Judicial Perspectives on the Case for Yes
The following articles are written by numerous former judges, and explain their reasons for supporting the Yes case:
The Voice – A Step Forward for Australian Nationhood
This article, written by a former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, and one of Australia's most eminent constitutional scholars, makes the case for supporting the Voice proposal. They argue that the Voice is "a proposal whose normative force and potential practical benefit outweigh, by a considerable margin, the asserted risks associated with the amendment."
We are grateful for Tomson Reuters for making this article available to the public on an open access basis
- Robert French, The Voice — A Step Forward for Australian Nationhood (2023) AusPubLaw Blog, 20 February 2023 [Note that this is a shortened version of the article above]
- Murray Gleeson Why I support a Voice to Parliament (2019) Inside Story July 2019]
- Mary Gaudron and other eminent former Judges An Invitation That Should be Accepted – Leading Judges Support the Voice in Open Letter (2023) Australia Institute 1 August 2023
The VLLP has commissioned a number of writer, experts and parties to write pieces specifically for this site. These commissions either have been on the basis of authors reaching out to the VLLP, or the project reaching out to authors who have made public contributions. Authors for both Yes and No have been approached.
Lainie Anderson: ADDRESSING SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE VOICE
A short Q&A style analysis of some of the most commonly expressed concerns about the Voice
Dr Matt Collins: WHY THE VOICE DESERVES OUR SUPPORT
A short opinion piece from the previous President of the Australian Bar Association on why the Voice should be supported
LINKS AND OTHER RESOURCES
- Professor Ben Saul, The Voice is not revolutionary or threatening. Only its opponents say it is (2023) Sydney Morning Herald, 10 April 2023
Lawyers for Yes has been created by Professor Melissa Castan and Associate Professor Kate Galloway to link together, and provide resources for, lawyers across Australia interested in listening and responding actively to the calls of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for justice, through Voice, together with Treaty and Truth-Telling
Lawyers for Yes is a social media platform to provide informed resources and advocacy for lawyers providing community and information on the 2023 referendum on the Voice To Parliament.
Jesuit Social Services, is a social change organisation established by the Australian Jesuits in 1977. It conducts research, advocacy and delivers an array of programs in areas of social justice. The Jesuit Social Services has endorsed the Voice, and collated a wide range of resources at the following page: