Sir John Quick Lecture 2023

Event status:

A highly topical lecture providing historic context for The Voice referendum

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Date:
Tuesday 05 September 2023 06:00 pm until Tuesday 05 September 2023 08:15 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Supported by the 150th Anniversary of Tertiary Education in Bendigo
Bendigo150@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Professor Emerita Anne Twomey
Type of Event:
Public Lecture
Cost:
FREE

WHAT DOES HISTORY TELL US ABOUT AUSTRALIANS AND REFERENDUMS ?

Date: 5 September 2023
Time: 6pm - 7.15pm followed by networking & refreshments
Venue: The Capital Theatre, 50 View Street. Bendigo

Few countries trust their people with the sacred responsibility of having the final say on changing the Constitution.  But Sir John Quick did.  As a politician in the 1890s, he Sir John Quick was instrumental in giving a voice to the Australian people on the establishment of federation and in changing the Constitution. This voice was the referendum which was a novel experiment for its time.

Anne Twomey is a Professor Emerita of the University of Sydney who taught Constitutional Law for many years.  She has also previously worked for the High Court of Australia, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee and The Cabinet Office of NSW. She was a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Constitution Expert Group on the Voice referendum.  She grew up in regional Victoria – in Shepparton – and has a strong appreciation of the importance of education outside of the capital cities.

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