Voice to Parliament The Who, The What and The Why

In collaboration with MSA Indigenous and Student Union Recreational Library, we've put together some reading resources to provide a starting point on the background and discussion around the 2023 Voice to Parliament Referendum.

In collaboration with MSA Indigenous and Student Union Recreational Library, we've put together some reading resources to provide a starting point on the background and discussion around the 2023 Voice to Parliament Referendum.


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<strong>Voice</strong> <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>Parliament</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Who</strong>, <strong>The</strong> <strong>What</strong><br />

& <strong>The</strong> <strong>Why</strong><br />

Reading <strong>and</strong> resource recommendations regarding the<br />

2023 <strong>Voice</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>Parliament</strong> Referendum<br />

MSA Indigenous x SURLY



SURLY acknowledges <strong>and</strong> pays respects <strong>to</strong> Elders past<br />

<strong>and</strong> present of the Bunurong peoples of the Kulin<br />

nations, the traditional cus<strong>to</strong>dians of the l<strong>and</strong> on which<br />

we meet <strong>and</strong> operate. Sovereignty was never ceded.<br />

Always was <strong>and</strong> always will be Aboriginal l<strong>and</strong>.


Introduction ......................................................... 4<br />

<strong>What</strong> is a Referendum?............................... 6<br />

<strong>The</strong> Referendum Question......................... 7<br />

Resources<br />

Underst<strong>and</strong>ing the <strong>Voice</strong>............................ 8<br />

In opposition <strong>to</strong> the <strong>Voice</strong> ....................... 12<br />

<strong>Who</strong> can vote?..............................................14<br />

Book & media recommendations<br />

Indigenous Experience & His<strong>to</strong>ry .......... 15<br />

Indigenous Culture & Knowledge........... 20<br />

Indigenous Fiction <strong>and</strong> Poetry................. 24<br />

Indigenous Podcasts & Music.................. 31<br />

Note: Follow blue hyperlinks for online resources<br />

@msa.indigenous<br />

@surlymsa<br />



In 2017, after thirteen First Nations Regional<br />

Dialogues, 250 Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait<br />

Isl<strong>and</strong>er Elders & leaders signed <strong>The</strong> Uluru<br />

Statement from the Heart. <strong>The</strong> statement<br />

outlines hopes & aims for the future of<br />

Australia’s Indigenous peoples. Three aims are<br />

prominent: <strong>Voice</strong>, Treaty, &Truth.<br />

<strong>The</strong> upcoming referendum on enshrining an<br />

Indigenous <strong>Voice</strong> in the constitution has<br />

catapulted First Nations culture <strong>and</strong> his<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

in<strong>to</strong> the limelight.<br />

Here at SURLY, in collaboration with MSA<br />

Indigenous, we've put <strong>to</strong>gether some reading<br />

resources <strong>to</strong> provide a starting point on the<br />

background <strong>and</strong> discussion around the <strong>Voice</strong>.<br />

In this booklet, you'll find recommendations<br />

for books & online resources exploring:<br />

Indigenous Experience <strong>and</strong> His<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

Indigenous Culture <strong>and</strong> Knowledge<br />

Indigenous creative writing<br />

& resources concerning the referendum<br />


Books, movies, music, etc. all contribute <strong>to</strong> our<br />

underst<strong>and</strong>ings of First Nations his<strong>to</strong>ry, culture,<br />

<strong>and</strong> ways of knowing, So we also have some<br />

recommendations for additional ways <strong>to</strong><br />

encounter opinions <strong>and</strong> works either by<br />

Indigenous peoples, or discussion around<br />

Indigenous peoples.<br />

MSA Indigenous Student<br />

Representative 2023:<br />

John (any pronouns)<br />

MSA-Indigenous@monash.edu<br />

@msa.indigenous<br />

Student Union Recreational<br />

Library (SURLY)<br />

Level 1, Campus Centre<br />

(Clay<strong>to</strong>n)<br />

MSA-Library@monash.edu<br />

@surlymsa<br />



In Australia, a referendum is a democratic <strong>to</strong>ol<br />

in which all citizens are asked <strong>to</strong> give their<br />

opinion on a important <strong>to</strong>pic, the results of<br />

which will change the constitution.<br />

How does is work?<br />

1. A Bill is passed by <strong>Parliament</strong> which outlines<br />

the purpose of changes <strong>to</strong> the constitution.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bill for this was passed in the federal<br />

House of Representatives 24th March 2023.<br />

2. A 'Writ' is issued by Governor-General for a<br />

referendum which, like an election must be<br />

held on a Saturday. It can be held with an<br />

ordinary election but can also be held<br />

separately.<br />

3. Australians vote!<br />

4. In order for the amendment <strong>to</strong> the<br />

constitution <strong>to</strong> pass, their needs <strong>to</strong> be a<br />

"double majority, meaning 50% of Australian<br />

citizens approve AND four or more of the state<br />

& terri<strong>to</strong>ries approve as well.<br />

For more information:<br />

aec.gov.au/elections/referendum<br />


<strong>The</strong> following has been taken from the official federal government<br />

website, 23 March 2023 (voice.niaa.gove.au)<br />

Referendum Question<br />

“A Proposed Law: <strong>to</strong> alter the Constitution <strong>to</strong> recognise the First<br />

Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres<br />

Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er <strong>Voice</strong>.<br />

Do you approve this proposed alteration?”<br />

Constitutional Amendment<br />

Chapter IX Recognition of Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er<br />

Peoples<br />

129 Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er <strong>Voice</strong><br />

In recognition of Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er peoples as<br />

the First Peoples of Australia:<br />

1. <strong>The</strong>re shall be a body, <strong>to</strong> be called the Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres<br />

Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er <strong>Voice</strong>;<br />

2. <strong>The</strong> Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er <strong>Voice</strong> may make<br />

representations <strong>to</strong> the <strong>Parliament</strong> <strong>and</strong> the Executive<br />

Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating <strong>to</strong><br />

Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er peoples;<br />

3. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parliament</strong> shall, subject <strong>to</strong> this Constitution, have power<br />

<strong>to</strong> make laws with respect <strong>to</strong> matters relating <strong>to</strong> the Aboriginal<br />

<strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er <strong>Voice</strong>, including its composition,<br />

functions, powers <strong>and</strong> procedures.<br />







U N D E R S T A N D I N G T H E R E F E R E N D U M<br />

F E D E R A L G O V E R N M E N T I N T R O D U C I N G<br />

T H E V O I C E R E F E R E N D U M B I L L T O T H E<br />

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S<br />

Footage of Mark Dreyfus (At<strong>to</strong>rney General) introducing the<br />

Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er <strong>Voice</strong>)<br />

2023 bill <strong>to</strong> the House of Representatives on 30 March 2023. In this<br />

speech, Mr Dreyfus explains the proposed amendment <strong>to</strong> the<br />

constitution <strong>to</strong> create an independent representative body which will<br />

advise on matters relating <strong>to</strong> Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er<br />

communities. You can find this video on YouTube <strong>and</strong> the ABC<br />

website.<br />

You can also find a transcript of the at<strong>to</strong>rney General's speech on<br />

the <strong>Parliament</strong> of Australia website.<br />


U N D E R S T A N D I N G T H E R E F E R E N D U M<br />

F I N D I N G T H E H E A R T O F T H E N A T I O N<br />

- T H O M A S M A Y O<br />

Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er<br />

author Thomas Mayo gets behind the<br />

politics <strong>and</strong> legal speak <strong>to</strong> explain why<br />

the Uluru Statement from the Heart is<br />

an invitation <strong>to</strong> all Australians.<br />

Importantly, he shares with you how<br />

the <strong>Voice</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>Parliament</strong> referendum<br />

gives the public the power <strong>to</strong> change<br />

<strong>and</strong> address the wrongs of the past.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non-Fiction - 323.09 MAY<br />

F E D E R A L V O I C E T O P A R L I A M E N T<br />

W E B S I T E<br />

This is the official federal website for the <strong>Voice</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>Parliament</strong><br />

Referendum which summarises what the referendum is proposing<br />

<strong>and</strong> what the amendment <strong>to</strong> the constitution will be. It also gives<br />

you the opportunity <strong>to</strong> subscribe <strong>to</strong> the mailing list for latest<br />

information.<br />

voice.niaa.gov.au<br />


U N D E R S T A N D I N G T H E R E F E R E N D U M<br />

U L U R U S T A T E M E N T F R O M T H E<br />

H E A R T W E B S I T E<br />

In 2017 over 250 Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er Delegates<br />

signed the Uluru Statement from the Heart. <strong>The</strong> statement was<br />

addressed <strong>to</strong> the Australian people <strong>and</strong> invited the nation <strong>to</strong> create<br />

a better future via the proposal of key reforms. This website<br />

contains videos, written posts <strong>and</strong> more concerning the statement<br />

<strong>and</strong> the legal his<strong>to</strong>ry of Indigenous civil rights <strong>and</strong> sovereignty in<br />

Australia. You can also find advice on how you can support the<br />

<strong>Voice</strong>. This has been created <strong>and</strong> is managed by <strong>The</strong> Uluru<br />

Dialogue which is based at the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW<br />

Sydney.<br />

ulurustatement.org<br />

1 0 M I N U T E G E N I U S : M E G A N D A V I S O N<br />

T H E P O W E R O F V O I C E ( V I D E O )<br />

Professor Megan Savis is a Cobble Cobble woman <strong>and</strong> Pro Vice-<br />

Chancellor Indigenous at UNSW Sydney. Professor Davis is one of<br />

the authors of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.<br />

In this video Professor Davis will provide explain the process that<br />

lead <strong>to</strong> the conception of the referendum.<br />

You can find on YouTube & the UNSW website.<br />






U N D E R S T A N D I N G T H E R E F E R E N D U M<br />

R E C O G N I S E A B E T T E R W A Y :<br />

C A M P A I G N W E B S I T E<br />

<strong>The</strong> Recognise a Better Way campaign presents an alternative solution<br />

<strong>to</strong> the Albanese government proposed Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait<br />

Isl<strong>and</strong>er <strong>Voice</strong> in the Australian Constitution. <strong>The</strong> initiative is<br />

supported by <strong>The</strong> <strong>Voice</strong> No Case Committee, which includes<br />

Indigenous <strong>and</strong> Non-Indigenous community leaders <strong>and</strong> previously<br />

appointed movement officials.<br />

www.recogniseabetterway.org.au<br />

T H E T R A G E D Y I S I N D I G E N O U S V O I C E P L A N<br />

I S W R O N G I N P R A C T I C E A N D W R O N G I N<br />

P R I N C I P L E ( A R T I C L E )<br />

- C H R I S M E R R I T T ,<br />

3 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3<br />

This article was written by the Vice-president of the Rule of Law<br />

Institute of Australia <strong>and</strong> Rule of Law Education Centre, Chris Merritt.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rule of Law Institute is a "an independent, politically nonpartisan,<br />

gift deductible entity formed <strong>to</strong> uphold the rule of law in<br />

Australia" which aims <strong>to</strong> educate <strong>and</strong> promote the ideals set out in<br />

the Magna Carter (document signed by King John of Engl<strong>and</strong> in 1215<br />

C.E.). Chris Merritt in not indigenous.<br />

This article is in response <strong>to</strong> the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese<br />

MP's announcement of the referendum question on 23rd March<br />

2023. It was published in <strong>The</strong> Australian on 24th March 2023.<br />

You can find this article on the Rule of Law website.<br />


W H O C A N V O T E ?<br />

It is compulsory by law for all eligible Australian<br />

citizens <strong>to</strong> enrol <strong>and</strong> vote in federal elections,<br />

by-elections <strong>and</strong> referendums.<br />

Eligibility basics<br />

you are an Australian citizen, or eligible<br />

British subject,<br />

aged 18 years <strong>and</strong> over, <strong>and</strong><br />

have lived at your address for at least one<br />

month.<br />

If you are 16 or 17 you can enrol now so when<br />

you turn 18 you'll be able <strong>to</strong> vote.<br />

For more information: aec.gov.au/enrol<br />

E N R O L T O<br />

V O T E<br />







H I S T O R Y & I N D I G E N O U S A U S T R A L I A N<br />

E X P E R I E N C E<br />

A N O T H E R D A Y I N T H E<br />

C O L O N Y<br />

C H E L S E A W A T E G O ,<br />

A ground-breaking work - <strong>and</strong> a call <strong>to</strong><br />

arms - that exposes the ongoing<br />

colonial violence experienced by First<br />

Nations people. In this collection of<br />

deeply insightful <strong>and</strong> powerful essays,<br />

Chelsea Watego examines the ongoing<br />

<strong>and</strong> daily racism faced by First Nations<br />

peoples in so-called Australia<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non-Fiction - 305.8991 WAT<br />

G R O W I N G U P<br />

A B O R I G I N A L I N<br />

A U S T R A L I A<br />

- A N I T A H E I S S<br />

This anthology, compiled by awardwinning<br />

author Anita Heiss, showcases<br />

many diverse voices, experiences <strong>and</strong><br />

s<strong>to</strong>ries in order <strong>to</strong> answer that question.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non Fiction 305.89915 HEI<br />


H I S T O R Y & I N D I G E N O U S A U S T R A L I A N<br />

E X P E R I E N C E<br />

L O W I T J A<br />

- S T U A R T R I N T O U L<br />

Official biography of Dr Lowitja<br />

O’Donoghue. A powerful <strong>and</strong> unrelenting<br />

advocate for her people, an inspiration<br />

for many, a former Australian of the<br />

Year, she sat opposite Prime Minister<br />

Paul Keating in the first negotiations<br />

between an Australian government <strong>and</strong><br />

Aboriginal people <strong>and</strong> changed the<br />

course of the nation.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Biography - B RIN<br />

<br />

T R A C K E R<br />

- A L E X I S W R I G H T<br />

Alexis Wright returns <strong>to</strong> non-fiction in<br />

her new book, a collective memoir of<br />

the charismatic Aboriginal leader,<br />

political thinker <strong>and</strong> entrepreneur Leigh<br />

Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth, who died in<br />

Darwin in 2015 at the age of 62.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Biography - B WRI<br />


H I S T O R Y & I N D I G E N O U S A U S T R A L I A N<br />

E X P E R I E N C E<br />

T E L L M E W H Y<br />

- A R C H I E R O A C H<br />

In his inspirational, highly acclaimed<br />

memoir – <strong>and</strong> including reflections from<br />

First Nations Elders <strong>and</strong> young people –<br />

Archie Roach tells the s<strong>to</strong>ry of his life <strong>and</strong><br />

his music. Only two when he was forcibly<br />

removed from his family, <strong>and</strong> brought up<br />

by a series of foster parents until his early<br />

teens, Archie’s world imploded when he<br />

received a letter that spoke of a life he<br />

had no memory of. It <strong>to</strong>ok him almost a<br />

lifetime <strong>to</strong> find out who he really was.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Biography - B ROA<br />

M Y T I D D A , M Y S I S T E R<br />

- R A C H A E L S A R R A &<br />

M A R L E E S I L V A<br />

My Tidda, My Sister shares the<br />

experiences of many Indigenous women<br />

<strong>and</strong> girls <strong>and</strong> is a celebration of the<br />

Indigenous female experience through<br />

truth-telling.<br />

Biography - B SIL<br />


H I S T O R Y & I N D I G E N O U S A U S T R A L I A N<br />

E X P E R I E N C E<br />

T H E S T O L E N C H I L D R E N :<br />

T H E I R S T O R I E S<br />

- C A R M E L B I R D<br />

<strong>The</strong> S<strong>to</strong>len Generation refers <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Indigenous Australian children who had<br />

been forcibly removed from their families<br />

through government policies throughout<br />

the 20th century. In 1995 an inquiry in<strong>to</strong><br />

the large-scale negative effects these<br />

policies had on the Indigenous<br />

community commenced. This is a<br />

collection of extracts from the resulting<br />

report: Bringing <strong>The</strong>m Home: Report of<br />

the National Inquiry in<strong>to</strong> the Separation of Aboriginal & Torres Strait<br />

Isl<strong>and</strong>er Children from <strong>The</strong>ir Families.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non-Fiction 362.849 BIR<br />


Bringing them Home: This is an educational website for<br />

information regarding the his<strong>to</strong>ry of the S<strong>to</strong>len Generation, the<br />

1997 report published by the Australian Human Rights<br />

Commission (bth.humanrights.gov.au)<br />

Right Wrongs: An online exhibition concerning the 1967<br />

Referendum which concluded with Constitutional recognition of<br />

Indigenous Australians as citizens of Australia <strong>and</strong> the<br />

Commonwealth. (abc.net.au/rightwrongs)<br />


I N D I G E N O U S<br />

C U L T U R E &<br />

K N O W L E D G E<br />


I N D I G E N O U S C U L T U R E & K N O W L E D G E<br />

S A N D T A L K : H O W<br />

I N D I G E N O U S T H I N K I N G<br />

C A N S A V E T H E W O R L D<br />

- T Y S O N Y U N K A P O R T A<br />

This book is about everything from<br />

echidnas <strong>to</strong> evolution, cosmology <strong>to</strong><br />

cooking, sex <strong>and</strong> science <strong>and</strong> spirits <strong>to</strong><br />

Schrodinger's cat. Tyson Yunkaporta<br />

looks at global systems from an<br />

Indigenous perspective.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non-Fiction - 305.89 YUN<br />

P L A N T S : P A S T , P R E S E N T<br />

A N D F U T U R E<br />

- Z E N A C U M P S T O N , L E S L E Y<br />

H E A D & M I C H A E L - S H A W N<br />

F L E T C H E R<br />

<strong>The</strong> First Knowledges series provides a<br />

deeper underst<strong>and</strong>ing of the expertise<br />

<strong>and</strong> ingenuity of Indigenous Australians.<br />

This edition of the series celebrates the<br />

deep cultural significance of plants <strong>and</strong><br />

shows how engaging with this heritage<br />

could be the key <strong>to</strong> a healthier, more<br />

sustainable future.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non-Fiction - 581.63 CUM 20

I N D I G E N O U S C U L T U R E & K N O W L E D G E<br />

A S T R O N O M Y : S K Y<br />

C O U N T R Y<br />

- K A R L I E N O O N &<br />

K R Y S T A L D E N A P O L I<br />

Explores the connections between<br />

Aboriginal environmental <strong>and</strong> cultural<br />

practices <strong>and</strong> the behaviour of the<br />

stars, <strong>and</strong> considers what must be<br />

done <strong>to</strong> sustain our dark skies, <strong>and</strong><br />

the information they hold, in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

future.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non-Fiction - 520.89 NOO<br />

T H E D R E A M I N G P A T H<br />

- P A U L C A L L A G H A N<br />

Through conversations, exercises,<br />

Dreamtime s<strong>to</strong>ries <strong>and</strong> key messages,<br />

Paul Callaghan <strong>and</strong> Uncle Paul Gordon<br />

will sit you around the fire <strong>and</strong> share<br />

knowledge that reveals the power of<br />

Aboriginal spirituality as a profound<br />

source of contentment <strong>and</strong> wellbeing for<br />

anyone willing <strong>to</strong> listen.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non Fiction 158.1089915 CAL<br />


I N D I G E N O U S C U L T U R E & K N O W L E D G E<br />

L A N D S C A P E S O F O U R<br />

H E A R T S<br />

- M A T T H E W C O L L O F F<br />

An epic exploration of our relationship<br />

with this country, L<strong>and</strong>scapes of Our<br />

Hearts takes us from the Great Barrier<br />

Reef <strong>to</strong> the Central Desert, the High<br />

Country <strong>to</strong> Canberra's Limes<strong>to</strong>ne<br />

Plains. It is a book of hope <strong>and</strong> offers<br />

the possibility that a renewed<br />

connection <strong>to</strong> the l<strong>and</strong>scape <strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong><br />

each other could pave the way<br />

<strong>to</strong>wards reconciliation.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Non-Fiction - 333.709 COL<br />

N A T I O N A L<br />

I N D I G E N O U S<br />

T E L E V I S I O N ( N I T V )<br />

This free-<strong>to</strong>-air channel broadcasts programs produced <strong>and</strong><br />

presented by Indigenous Australians. Owned by the Special<br />

Broadcast Service Network (SBS), NITV hosts current affairs<br />

programs, sports coverage <strong>and</strong> entertainment. It can be accessed on<br />

channel 34 (australian free-<strong>to</strong>-air) <strong>and</strong> online via the SBS On Dem<strong>and</strong><br />

website <strong>and</strong> application.<br />


I N D I G E N O U S<br />

W R I T E R S :<br />

F I C T I O N A N D<br />

P O E T R Y<br />


I N D I G E N O U S W R I T E R S : F I C T I O N<br />

T A B O O<br />

- K I M S C O T T<br />

Taboo takes place in the present day,<br />

in the rural South-West of Western<br />

Australia, <strong>and</strong> tells the s<strong>to</strong>ry of a group<br />

of Noongar people who revisit, for the<br />

first time in many decades, a taboo<br />

place: the site of a massacre that<br />

followed the assassination, by these<br />

Noongar's descendants, of a white<br />

man who had s<strong>to</strong>len a black woman.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Fiction - F SCO<br />

F L O C K<br />

- E L L E N V A N N E E R V E N<br />

This wide-ranging <strong>and</strong> captivating<br />

anthology showcases both the<br />

power of First Nations writing <strong>and</strong><br />

the satisfaction of a good short s<strong>to</strong>ry.<br />

Flock roams the l<strong>and</strong>scape of<br />

Aboriginal <strong>and</strong> Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er<br />

s<strong>to</strong>rytelling, bringing <strong>to</strong>gether voices<br />

from across the generations.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Fiction - F Van NEE<br />


I N D I G E N O U S W R I T E R S : F I C T I O N<br />

G H O S T R I V E R<br />

- T O N Y B I R C H<br />

Sony & Ren, two young boys from the<br />

wrong side of the tracks, find<br />

friendship <strong>and</strong> belonging on the banks<br />

of Melbourne's Yarra river. <strong>The</strong> river<br />

that shielded them from harm time &<br />

time again is threatened by urban<br />

progress. Can the boys save their<br />

haven or will the overwhelming odds<br />

stacked against two poor kids prove<br />

insurmountable?<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Fiction - F BIR<br />


( R I V E R O F D R E A M S )<br />

- A N I T A H E I S S<br />

Based on devastating true events,<br />

Anita Heiss' his<strong>to</strong>rical novel follows<br />

the life of young Wiradjuri woman.<br />

Set in 1852, around the time of<br />

Gundagai's flood, on the timeless<br />

Wiradyuri country, this is an epic s<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

of love, loss <strong>and</strong> belonging.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Fiction - F HEI<br />


I N D I G E N O U S W R I T E R S : F I C T I O N<br />

E N C L A V E<br />

- C L A I R E G . C O L E M A N<br />

<strong>The</strong> enclave was the only world Christine<br />

knew, the world outside was not safe.<br />

Staying or leaving was not a choice she<br />

had the power <strong>to</strong> make. But then<br />

Christine dared start thinking . . . <strong>and</strong><br />

from that moment, danger was<br />

everywhere.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Fiction - F COL<br />

T H I S A L L C O M E B A C K<br />

N O W<br />

M Y K A E L A S A U N D E R S<br />

<strong>The</strong> first-ever anthology of Aboriginal <strong>and</strong><br />

Torres Strait Isl<strong>and</strong>er speculative fiction –<br />

written, curated, edited <strong>and</strong> designed by<br />

blackfellas, for blackfellas <strong>and</strong> about<br />

blackfellas.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Fiction - F SAU<br />


I N D I G E N O U S W R I T E R S : F I C T I O N<br />

G U A R D I A N S : W Y L A H<br />

T H E K O O R I E W A R R I O R<br />

- J O R D A N G O U L D<br />

Wylah dreams of becoming an art teacher<br />

like her greatly respected Gr<strong>and</strong>mother.<br />

But when her tribe is attacked by the<br />

Dragon Army <strong>and</strong> taken captive, Wylah<br />

must summon the courage <strong>to</strong> unite the<br />

five Guardians <strong>and</strong> save her people.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Sci-fi & Fantasy - SF GOU<br />

T H E I N T E R R O G A T I O N O F<br />

A S H L A W O L F<br />

- A M B E L I N K W A Y M U L L I N A<br />

This dys<strong>to</strong>pian YA fantasy asks the<br />

question: what happens when children<br />

develop inexplicable abilities—<strong>and</strong> the<br />

government sees them as a threat. Ashala<br />

Wolf <strong>and</strong> her Tribe of fellow Illegals have<br />

taken refuge in the Firstwood, where they<br />

are hidden <strong>and</strong> free. But when she is<br />

betrayed by a friend <strong>and</strong> captured by an<br />

enemy, Ashala is forced <strong>to</strong> succumb <strong>to</strong> a<br />

machine that will pull secrets from her<br />

mind. Will the Tribe survive the<br />

interrogation of Ashala Wolf?<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Sci-fi & fantasy - SF KWA<br />


I N D I G E N O U S W R I T E R S : P O E T R Y<br />

N G A N A J U N G U Y A G U<br />

- C H A R M A I N E<br />

P A P E R T A L K G R E E N<br />

A series of letters exchanged by the<br />

author <strong>and</strong> her mother over forty<br />

years ago, Nganajungu Yagu is inspired<br />

by her Mother's life <strong>and</strong> the love she<br />

instills for her people, culture <strong>and</strong><br />

language.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Poetry - POE GRE<br />

D R O P B E A R<br />

- E V E L Y N A R A L U E N<br />

This innovative mix of poetry <strong>and</strong><br />

essay offers an eloquent witness <strong>to</strong><br />

the entangled present, an<br />

uncompromising provocation of<br />

his<strong>to</strong>ry, <strong>and</strong> an embattled but<br />

redemptive hope for a decolonial<br />

future.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Poetry - POE ARA<br />


I N D I G E N O U S W R I T E R S : P O E T R Y<br />

H O M E C O M I N G<br />

- E L F I E S H I O S A K I<br />

Homecoming pieces <strong>to</strong>gether<br />

fragments of s<strong>to</strong>ries about four<br />

generations of Noongar women <strong>and</strong><br />

explores how they navigated the<br />

changing l<strong>and</strong>scapes of colonisation,<br />

protectionism, <strong>and</strong> assimilation <strong>to</strong> hold<br />

their families <strong>to</strong>gether.<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Poetry - POE SHI<br />

M E E T M E A T T H E<br />

I N T E R S E C T I O N<br />

- A M B E L I N<br />

K W A Y M U L L I N A<br />

& R E B E C C A L I M<br />

Meet Me at the Intersection is an<br />

anthology of short fiction, memoir,<br />

<strong>and</strong> poetry by authors who are First<br />

Nations, People of Color, LGBTIQA+,<br />

or living with disability<br />

Available at SURLY<br />

Poetry - POE LIM<br />


P O D C A S T S , R A D I O<br />

& M U S I C<br />

Podcasts:<br />

Yarning Up with Caroline Kell<br />

Word Up<br />

Black Magic Woman<br />

Frontier War S<strong>to</strong>ries<br />

AWAYE!<br />

Radio:<br />

3KND (Naarm based)<br />

Speaking Out (ABC)<br />

Music:<br />

Emily Wurramarra<br />

Archie Roach<br />

Baker Boy<br />

<strong>The</strong>lma Plum<br />

Yothu Yindi<br />

Birdz<br />


MSA Indigenous x SURLY

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