THE SPIRIT BEHIND THE VOICE The Religious Dimension of the “Voice” Proposal -- Edited by Gabriël Moens AM and Augusto Zimmermann

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The Religious Dimension of the “Voice” Proposal

Edited by Gabriël Moens AM and Augusto Zimmermann

Foreword by Bess Nungarrayi Price AM

Paperback, 206 pages, $29.95

ISBN 9781922815613

August 2023 release

“One could be forgiven for thinking that the only Christian response to the Voice to Parliament is Yes, if we went by the pronouncements of prominent churchmen and theologians. But I think these prominent churchmen and theologians are misguided on this issue. It is my conviction that when all things are considered, Christians should vote No to this divisive constitutional change. This book is a unique contribution to the debate in that it takes the question of the Voice to Parliament very seriously from a Christian, Jewish and secular point of view. I urge everyone who is pondering how to vote on this momentous question to carefully read this book and give serious consideration to voting No.”

– Dr Stephen Chavura PhD (UNE) BA (Hons. I), Senior Lecturer in History, Campion College.


Introduction: The Religious Dimension of the “Voice”
Gabriël A. Moens AM and Augusto Zimmermann

1 The Indigenous Voice – A Christian Case for Voting ‘No’
Peter Barnes

2 The Voice and the Principle of ‘Political Equality’
Gabriël A. Moens AM

3 The Hidden Agenda Behind a “Voice” to Parliament
Augusto Zimmermann

4 Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Bob Gregory

5 A Theological Assessment of “The Voice”
Mark Powell

6 The Voice – A Peacemaker’s Paradigm
Neil Johnson

7 What the Good Samaritan Teaches Us About The Voice to Parliament
Julie Sladden

8 A Return to Segregation
Thomas Eglinton

9 The Voice and Freedom of Religion
Dave Pellowe

10 John Paul II Would Not Have Supported the Voice
Rocco Loiacono

11 The “Voice” Referendum: A Choice of National Identity
Shimon Cowen

12 Moral Implications of the Voice for Australia
John Fleming

13: Our Common Humanity and the Search for Truth
David Daintree

14: Not Sorry and Should Not Be
Matthew Littlefield

15: John Rawls and the Aboriginal Question
Paul Collits

16: The Voice: A Legal Deception
Minny Rozario

17: It’s Bad: Morally, Politically and Legally
James Allan

The Editors: Gabriël Moens AM is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Augusto Zimmermann is Head and Professor of Law at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and a former member of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.

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