Rethinking the Community Sector: Voice: Our webinar on the referendum

Date: 28 Feb 2023

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Rethinking the Community Sector: Voice: Our webinar on the referendum

In 2023, there will be no topic as important as the referendum to entrench the Indigenous voice to parliament in Australia’s constitution.

Since the Uluru Statement from the Heart was issued in 2017, Thomas Mayor has travelled around the country to promote its vision of a better future for Indigenous Australians.

Now he joins ICDA to provide an important update on what the referendum is, why it is so important, and what the community sector can do to help.


This lecture is free for members of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA).

This lecture took place on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 1pm to 2pm AEDT. You can watch the recording below.

Rethinking the Community Sector

The Rethinking the Community Sector lecture series is a member-only offering hosted by the Institute of Community Directors Australia. This lecture will be recorded and a copy will be sent out to every registrant. If you aren't able to watch the webinar live at the scheduled time you can still register above and we'll send you a copy you can watch at your own pace after the live broadcast. Registrants will also receive a published text version of the lecture.

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About Thomas Mayor

Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. As an Islander growing up on the mainland, he learned to hunt traditional foods with his father and to island dance form the Darwin community of Torres Strait Islanders. In high school, Thomas’s English teacher suggested he should become a writer. He didn’t think then that he would become one of the first ever Torres Strait Islander authors to have a book published for the general trade.

Instead, he become a wharf labourer from the age of seventeen, until he become a union official for the Maritime Union of Australia in his early thirties. Quietly spoken in character, Thomas found his voice on the wharves. As he gained the skills of negotiation and organising in the union movement, he applied those skills to advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples, becoming a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and tireless campaigner.

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