New Gen Voice to Parliament Briefing

Wed, 14 Jun 2023 06:00pm - 08:00pm AEST Melbourne , VIC Free

In 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. This is a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

Following the success of our equivalent Sydney event, The Myer Foundation, Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Network and NEXUS Australia warmly welcome you to connect in Melbourne, over an informative session on the referendum. Over drinks and nibbles we will be joined by guest speakers Rachel Perkins (Chair of the Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition (AICR), and Emily Holm (National Organising Lead for the Yes23 campaign).

Our facilitator Edgar Myer will lead a panel discussion with speakers Rachel and Emily, diving into the following topics:
– Why is the Voice so important? What impact will it have? 
– What is the pathway to ‘Yes? 
– What role can we play? 

We warmly welcome you to bring questions of your own.


Rachel Perkins, Chair, AICR (Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition)

Rachel Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon women and a distinguished filmmaker with a career spanning three decades. She is a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and has served on boards of multiple federal agencies.She currently co-chairs the National Native Title Council and Commonwealth government’s  partnership to reform Indigenous heritage laws. In 2020 she was named one of the most culturally powerful Australians in the AFR.

Emily Holm, National Organising Lead, Yes23

Emily brings to the Yes Campaign more than ten years’ experience in campaign communications and organising, with skills honed by her work with the Finance Sector Union, Hunter Workers’ Alliance and CFMEU Construction. She has been involved in political campaigning in both state and federal elections, notably as campaign manager for Labor’s campaign for the federal seat of Banks at the 2019 election, as well as elections in WA, NT, QLD and NSW. 

Host organisations:

The Myer Foundation was established in 1959 by Sidney Myer’s sons, the late Kenneth Myer AC DSC and the late Baillieu Myer AC. The late Neilma Gantner, and Lady Southey AC, sisters of Kenneth Myer and Baillieu Myer, were founding members. The Myer Foundation was created to make grants into sectors and regions not covered by Sidney Myer’s Will. The Myer Foundation was endowed upon the death of Kenneth Myer in 1992, when he left the bulk of his estate to The Myer Foundation in his Will.

The Myer Foundation continues the legacy of Myer family generosity, through members of succeeding generations of the Myer family, who give in many ways to make significant and lasting changes in our society.

Philanthropy Australia is a not-for-profit organisation working to achieve a generous and inclusive Australia through more and better philanthropy. They are the national peak body for philanthropy and provide advocacy, networking, services and resources to the philanthropic and not-for-profit sector, as well as information and research for the Australian community.

New Generation of Giving Network

Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Network connects new and emerging philanthropists in their 20s and 30s. The New Gen Network (New Gen) is for individuals in who want to make a difference, create relationships and learn from some of the most experienced philanthropists in Australia. New Gen has been part of Philanthropy Australia since 2012 and has incubated some of Australia’s leading young philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. The network includes next generation family members, young professionals, social entrepreneurs and philanthropic and corporate foundation staff and trustees. 

NEXUS is a global movement of 5,000+ young people from over 70 countries working to increase and improve philanthropy and social change. We work to unite next gen philanthropists (aged 18-45), emerging young social entrepreneurs, impact investors and allies to catalyse new leadership and accelerate solutions to the world’s greatest social problems. Founded in 2011, and convened in partnership with the United Nations, NEXUS puts the hope and promise of young people on the world stage by bringing members together at NEXUS summits and events around the world.

NEXUS Australia is hosted and supported by partner, Australian Progress, and auspiced by partner, Philanthropy Australia. NEXUS Australia continues to be underpinned by valued philanthropic and corporate funding partners. NEXUS Australia aims to build this community by catalysing a change in philanthropic culture amongst emerging philanthropists by sharing best practice in impact-focused philanthropy and investment and promoting bolder projects for social and environmental change.