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Voice to Parliament Information Session

October 5, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm AEDT

The Voice to Parliament referendum will take place on Saturday 14 October. Australians will have the right to vote on a proposed law to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

Voters will have an important decision to make at the referendum. This information session will provide an opportunity for voters to make a considered decision with the most informed understanding possible.

Gadens will present on the Voice to Parliament’s past, present, and future, discussing:

1. The history of advocacy that has led to the referendum, to understand the consideration and collaboration involved in reaching this point.
2. The process of a referendum to understand exactly what will be required of voters, and what is needed for the referendum to be successful.
3. The implications of a successful referendum for Parliament, First Nations Peoples, and Australia as a whole.

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for attendees to engage in guided Q&A and open discussion.

Event details:

Date: Thursday 5 October 2023
4:00pm: Welcome and Introductions
4:10pm: Information session (approx. 25-30 mins)
4:45am: Open discussion and Q&A
5:15pm: Close
Format: Online via Zoom Meetings (videos and microphones enabled)
Gadens Host and Speaker: Leo Rodrigo, Lawyer, Gadens
BioMelbourne Network Host: Jeff Malone, CEO, BioMelbourne Network
Registration: Free to attend for Members and Non Members, however registration is essential.

In collaboration with Gadens

Leo Rodrigo Lawyer, Gadens Leo

Leo is a Lawyer in our Corporate team. Coming from a background specialising in employment taxes (including Payroll Tax, PAYG Withholding, Fringe Benefits Tax, and Superannuation Guarantee), he has experience in structuring commercial matters with optimised taxation compliance, from initial policy development and planning to remediation.

Leo has a strong involvement in Gadens’ sustainability and social impact work, including running a free legal clinic for young people in Melbourne, and providing free legal advice to First Nations clients. He has been an active member of Gadens’ Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group since starting with the firm. Leo has presented to multiple clients on the Voice to Parliament and the upcoming referendum, and has co-authored a number of firm publications on this important topic.


October 5, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


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