The University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Press Club are delighted to host an interactive evening with Thomas Mayo on the Voice to Parliament.
The President of the Melbourne Press Club Ashlynne McGhee will interview Thomas Mayo, Uluru Statement from the Heart signatory and Indigenous advocate, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Thomas Mayo and Kerry O’Brien have recently published a handbook on the Voice to Parliament that examines various issues surrounding the upcoming referendum, the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the history of Indigenous advocacy and how the Voice can help to close the gap.
This is your chance to shape the conversation through interactive polls and Q&As, and to engage with Voice to Parliament issues that are important to you.
Signatory and advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart
Thomas Mayo is a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. He is the National Indigenous Officer of the MUA.
Thomas is a signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and has been a leading advocate since its inception in May 2017. He is the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Indigenous Labor Network and a director on the Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition board.
Thomas is the author of six books published by Hardie Grant and has many articles and essays published across the major media providers.
His latest book is co-authored with well-respected journalist, Kerry O’Brien: The Voice to Parliament Handbook - All the details you need; published 17 May 2023.
President, Melbourne Press Club
Ashlynne McGhee is an award-winning reporter at the ABC’s flagship television current affairs program 7.30. Over the past decade she’s been a Federal Political Reporter in the Canberra press gallery, travelled the country as a video journalist and broken major stories from Australia and abroad.
Ashlynne was awarded the 2015 Holly Whisenhunt Stephen fellowship by the US-based Investigative Reporters and Editors group as well as the 2013 MPC Young Journalist of the Year award. She has been on the board of the Melbourne Press Club since 2013 and was instrumental in setting up the club’s mentoring and training programs for young journalists.