Politics in the Pub: Unpacking the Referendum

  • August 25, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Turbine Platform - Brisbane Powerhouse

    Brisbane Powerhouse
    New Farm, Queensland 4005
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Presented by New Farm Neighbourhood Centre


In 2023, Australians are being asked a crucial question: Should the Constitution be amended to recognize the First Peoples of Australia through the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?

Join us at a special Politics in the Pub: Unpacking the Referendum to hear an expert panel explore what both a Yes and No Vote will mean for the future of Australia. Moderated by ABC Radio’s Rebecca Levingston, our speakers will test the arguments of both sides to help you make up your mind on this important question.

In this referendum, every voice matters. Join us at Politics in the Pub to be part of the conversation.

A Welcome to Country will be conducted by Uncle Joe Kirk.

The event will also be livestreamed via Facebook, which you can access here. 


Tania Major is a proud Kokoberra woman from Kowanyama in Cape York. Tania was Young Australian of the Year in 2007 and is dedicated to effecting change that will improve the lives and educational outcomes of Cape York Indigenous people and to positively impacting cultural interactions.

Shireen Morris is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer and director of the Radical Centre Reform Lab at Macquarie University. Shireen has been particularly focused on building multicultural and multi-faith support for the Voice.

Maggie Munn is a Gunggari person from south-west Queensland and works with Change the Record. Maggie has campaigned for the rights of First Nations children in the criminal legal system, is committed to ending the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Boe Spearim is a Kooma, Murawarii and Gamilaraay man. Boe has been involved in community radio and hosts ‘Let’s Talk’ a program that discusses issues that affect First Nations people and hosts the podcast, ‘Frontier War Stories’. Boe has been involved in the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy and is a member of (WAR) Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance.


New Farm Neighbourhood Centre provides connection, support and opportunities for local people to come together around shared interests. The centre also provides a safe place where people can get practical help with the challenges that life can present. Politics in the Pub events are free community conversations with topics chosen by a volunteer committee who aim to bring in-person conversations to our community on a range of current issues. These events are made possible by the support of Brisbane Powerhouse.


This is a "Pay What You Wish" performance. Feel free to contribute or come along for free!
All proceeds (minus booking fees) go to the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.



*Seating allocation exhausted. Standing room available* 

Date & Time

Fri, Aug 25, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue Details

Turbine Platform - Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Turbine Platform  - Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts centre on the Brisbane River.


As Brisbane City Council’s premier arts venue, the much-loved building stages more than 1250 performances a year including a program of festivals, as well as hundreds of events and functions from weddings to conferences, all the while housing heritage-listed graffiti, riverside bars and restaurants, visual arts exhibitions and of course the stories of all who have ventured, laughed and shared memories within its living walls.