About the event

The Western Australian Bar Association and the Law Society of Western Australia are pleased to present a symposium on the upcoming referendum to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. It is hoped that the symposium will provide an opportunity for informed discussion about this important proposed constitutional change.

This event is now sold out.

Programme at a Glance

3.00pm Registrations Open

3.30pm – 4.45pm –

Welcome to Country by Mr Vaughn McGuire

The Voice – a constitutionally modest yet transformational proposal – Professor Gabrielle Appleby, UNSW Faculty of Law & Justice

The proposed Voice in an international context – lessons and pitfalls  – Adjunct Professor Bertus De Villiers, Curtin University

With Commentary by the Honourable Judge David MacLean

4.45pm – 5.00pm – Short break

5.00pm – 6.15pm Panel discussion – The Honourable Robert French AC (Chair), Professor Colleen Hayward AM, Mr Nolan Hunter, Mr Tyson McEwan and Ms Sophie Coffin

6.15pm – 7.45pm – Drinks and canapés

Course Details

Date & Time:

Friday, 8 September 2023

3.30pm – 7.45pm



Perth Town Hall

601 Hay Street



CPD Points:

2.5 Point Competency 4: Substantive Law



Law Society/ WABA Member: $70

Non-Member: $70

Date & Time:

Fri, 8 September 2023 3.30pm - 7.45pm


160 Pier St Perth WA 6000 wa

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CPD Points:

none Points Professional Management

none Points Professional Responsibility

2.5 Points Skills

none Points Ethics







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