White Noise Episode 7 – The Referendum Special: How are we feeling about the vote on the Voice?

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Show Notes - White Noise Podcast Episode Seven

The Referendum Special: How are we feeling about the vote on the Voice?

In this special episode of the White Noise podcast, we meet a week away from the referendum on a Voice to Parliament.

It’s a time capsule as to how we are feeling – its also a treasure trove of insights from leading First Nations campaigners and supporters as to the context in which we are campaigning for a Voice and what messages hit home. We share messaging tips, Insights from education sessions about what people find particularly confusing, reflections on past representative bodies, and more.

The White Noise podcast is a production of the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub at the University of Melbourne. You can find out more about us on our website, or by following us on Instagram.

A full transcript of this episode is available here.


To send feedback on this episode or to make inquiries about the White Noise podcast please contact mls-indigenous@unimelb.edu.au

Acknowledgement and thanks

This episode was produced on Wurundjeri Country. We pay respect to elders past and present and acknowledge the ongoing role of law and legal education in settler-colonialism on this land.

Many thanks to Greta Robenstone and Ben Chandler at the MLS Digital Studio for their assistance.

The White Noise soundtrack is by John Wayne Parsons. Many thanks to John-Wayne for lending his Voice to this project.

Special thanks to the many people who joined us on this episode:

  • Tony McAvoy, Senior Council
  • Janine Mohamed, CEO of Lowitja Institute
  • Justin McCaul, PhD Candidate
  • Associate Professor Sana Nakata, Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Indigenous Education and Research
  • Rueben Berg, Co-Chair First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria
  • Professor Eve Tuck, Canada Research Chair
  • Mick Gooda, Referendum Council
  • Geoff Scott, Uluru Statement from the Heart
  • Tarneen Onus-Browne, Australian Progress
  • Kaitlin Jempson , Naarm Law Students on Voice
  • Niamh Whitford, Naarm Law Students on Voice
  • Josie Mortimer, Naarm Law Students on Voice
  • Mackenzie- Jane Stephan, Naarm Law Students on Voice
For More Information

Learn more from Naarm Law Students on Voice on their Instagram, and watch the full 20 minute presentation on the Voice.

For information about where and how to vote visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.

For more campaigning tips visit Passing the Message stick Website.

To hear more from Associate Professor Sana Nakata on the Voice and democracy read Sana Nakata and Daniel Bray recent correspondence in the Quartlerly Essay.

To hear more from Tarneen Onus Brown on the Voice read  The Voice Debate is an act of Violence. But I’m still voting yes in Crikey.

Places to seek support

This theme raises some ideas which may cause feelings of discomfort or even distress for some listeners in the context of the current political climate. If you would like to seek support from a trained professional you can contact the following resources:

  • For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, you can contact Yarning Safe and Strong 24/7 for confidential support
    Call 1800 959 563
    Email ysns@vahs.org.au
    Facebook @YarningSafenStrong
  • Anyone can contact Lifeline, which provides a free counselling services
    13 11 14 (24 hours, every day)
    Text 0477 131 114 (24 hours, every day
    Lifeline online crisis chat (from 7pm to midnight, 7 nights)