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Finding the Heart of the Nation: Thomas Mayo in conversation with Catherine Liddle


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Hear from activist, author and campaigner for a Voice to Parliament Thomas Mayo about Australia’s journey towards constitutional recognition for First Nations people.


Australia is set to vote on a referendum to enshrine a First Nations voice in the constitution by mid-2024, a commitment made by the Albanese government during the 2022 federal election campaign

The Voice to Parliament is seen by many as Australia’s opportunity to right longstanding wrongs, give First Nations people a seat at the table and recognise that we are a nation with more than 60,000 years of continuous culture.

As a key campaigner for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Thomas Mayo has been at the forefront of the movement towards constitutional recognition. In 2017 he travelled around Australia with the Uluru Statement, speaking to many different people and communities and ultimately writing a book, Finding The Heart of The Nation, about his journey.

At this special event as part of Castlemaine State Festival, Thomas Mayo will be in conversation with Catherine Liddle, CEO of SNAICC, the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Presented in partnership with Castlemaine State Festival


Tickets for this event are $45 full price and $35 concession, avaialble via Castlemaine State Festival.


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Official Bookseller

The bookseller for this event is Northern Books.



Thomas Mayo

Thomas Mayo is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. As an Islander growing up on the mainland, he learned to hunt traditional foods with his father and to island dance from the Darwin community of Torres Strait Islanders. In high school, Thomas’s English teacher suggest... Read more

Catherine Liddle

An Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, Catherine is a leading advocate in upholding the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, influencing and driving positive change. As CEO of SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children, she works to strengthen, represent and amplify the... Read more


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