Dr Shireen Morris is a constitutional lawyer and director of the Radical Centre Reform Lab at Macquarie University Law School.
She has spent the last 12 years working with Indigenous leaders like Noel Pearson and working with Cape York Institute, devising and advocating the concept of a constitutionally guaranteed Indigenous Voice, which was the subject of her 2017 PhD thesis.
Since 2020, Shireen has been particularly focussed on building multicultural and multifaith support for the Voice. She has also published widely in academia and mainstream media and often commentates on TV and radio. Her books include: Statements from the Soul: the moral case for the Uluru Statement from the Heart (2023), A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution (2020), A Rightful Place: a roadmap to recognition (2017), The Forgotten People: liberal and conservative approaches to recognising Indigenous peoples (2016).
Before becoming a constitutional lawyer, Shireen worked as an actor and singer in the UK and Australia, performing in Shakespeare, musicals and song writing and singing in bands.
Dr Morris's presentations cover the following topics and themes:
- Indigenous constitutional recognition through a First Nations Voice
- Public Policy Innovation
- Inequality and Economic Reform
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Radical Centre Thinking
Shireen Morris: John Button Oration - 'A New Radical Centre'In the 2022 John Button Oration, Dr Shireen Morris makes the case for radical centre economic reform, sharing her thinking about the radical centre as it relates to the challenge of unemployment. Shireen asks: Why must a cohort of Australians be kept unemployed to manage inflation? Why must the RBA independently manage this balance? And how can Australians work across tribal divides to fight inequality?