This year Australia will vote for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
Australians come from many lands. They have different backgrounds, beliefs, and speak many languages. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples were the first people to live in Australia. They are known as the First Peoples of Australia. They have lived here for over 65,000 years. Australia’s Constitution is a set of rules and laws of Australia. Our Constitution doesn’t recognise the special position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
This year, we can change the Constitution. Australians will have a chance to recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples rights, history and relationship with this land and to make sure that they can share their thoughts on laws and rules that affect them.
The Have Your Say campaign aims to ensure that First Nations Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians with lived disabilities make an informed decision about an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE VOICE
The Uluru Statement
In May 2017, over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Delegates from all points of the Southern Sky gathered in Mutitjulu in the shadow of Uluru and put their signatures on a historic statement. The Uluru Statement From The Heart addressed to the Australian people invited the nation to create a better future via the proposal of key reforms.
The Uluru Dialogue is bound to the sentiment of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its ambitions for a better Australia for everyone.
The Uluru Dialogue represents the cultural authority of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and leads community education on the Uluru Statement’s reforms of Voice, Treaty and Truth. The Uluru Dialogue is based at the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Sydney.
Australia is a proud and diverse nation with a rich cultural heritage that dates back 65,000 years. The First Australians, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, have deep connections to this land and have played a vital role in shaping the society we know today.
But despite this, our constitution, which is 122 years old, still does not recognize the unique and important contributions of the First Australians - it's time for that to change.
Download The Uluru Statement Easy Read Version
The 2023 Referendum
This vote will give all Australians the chance to come together and consider a change to our constitution that will honour and celebrate the rights, history, and ongoing relationship of Indigenous Australians with this land. It’s a rare chance to make a major positive impact now and for future generations.
Australia has been considering constitutional recognition for more than 15 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have asked that the form of recognition come through a Voice to Parliament, which will give advice on laws and policies that affect Indigenous people.
This is what the Australian people are now being asked to decide: Should we recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in The Constitution, with a Voice?
A Voice will provide advice to the Federal Parliament about laws and policies, through a consultative policy making process that delivers meaningful structural change.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people know and understand the best way to deliver real and practical change in their communities.
When they have a say through a Voice, we can finally start to close the gap that still exists between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians.
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THE STORY MAP - THE VOICE
This Story Map recounts a history of Invasion, Protest and Political Developments that had led us to a referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament and in the Australia Constitution.DOWNLOAD
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