Voice of Reason on Recognition and Renewal


At Uluru, an invitation was issued to the Australian people. With the upcoming referendum, the nation will decide whether to accept that invitation.

Professor Megan Davis presents her Quarterly Essay, Voice of Reason on Recognition and Renewal, which draws out the significance and the promise of this “constitutional moment” and what it could mean for recognition and justice.

This webinar will be in conversation with Professor Mark Kenny.

Only on Australia Institute TV.

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  • Professor Megan Davis, is a Cobble Cobble woman and Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW. Professor Davis is a constitutional lawyer who researches in public law and public international law.

Her current research focuses on constitutional design, democratic theory and Indigenous peoples.

She is Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and was recently appointed the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law.

She was a member of the Referendum Council and the Experts Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples in the Constitution; was an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2016); and is currently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.

  • Professor Mark Kenny, joined the Australian National University after a high-profile career culminating as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor at Fairfax Media (SMH, The Age, Canberra Times).

He is a long-term panellist on the ABC’s Insiders program, and appears on TV and radio programs across the country. He is a columnist for the Canberra Times and writes for multiple publications.A former director of the National Press Club, Kenny took up a full-time academic post in 2019, and was promoted to professor in 2020.

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