4 July 2023
Life Without Barriers and Polaron Language Services are bringing together a free online event for individuals to learn more about the upcoming referendum and explore accessible resources now available.
The town hall session will feature community leaders such as signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Thomas Mayo, constitutional law lecturer, Shireen Morris, human rights and social justice activist, Maria Dimopoulos, and prominent expert in the fields of language services and European citizenship Eva Hussain. Jade Appo-Ritchie, advocate and spokesperson for the Yes campaign, will MC the event.
Together they will shed light on the significance of constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through a Voice to Parliament and how communities can engage through accessible information.
Chief Executive of Life Without Barriers, Claire Robbs said the organisation believes it is crucial to share these resources through a multicultural town hall to enable people with diverse backgrounds to have additional access to information about the Voice to Parliament.
“Our community resources aim to break down language barriers and ensure that all members of multicultural communities can actively participate in the referendum,” Ms Robbs said.
“Attendees will have the chance to gain valuable insights, ask questions, and provide feedback to some of the key leaders on voice and those working on the ground to inform the public about the referendum.
”In partnership, Life Without Barriers has released a suite of resources tailored to provide information about the purpose of the referendum and the voice to parliament for people with low literacy levels and people requiring information in other languages. These resources include fact sheets, social media tiles, audio resources and videos that will be translated into 50 community languages.
“This project aims to take a significant step towards creating a more equitable and informed society by empowering multicultural communities with the information they need,” Ms Robbs said.
This free online event takes place on Tuesday, July 11th, from 12 pm to 1 pm AEST. You can register for this event here - Multicultural Resources and Online Voice Town Hall | Humanitix
For more information on the accessible resources on Voice, visit Life Without Barriers and Polaron launch Referendum language initiative | Life Without Barriers (lwb.org.au)