The Voice to Parliament
The Voice to Parliament
This year there will be a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution through a Voice to Parliament.
The Voice is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make Australia stronger and more united, and to improve the outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Voice to Parliament was the first request of the Uluru Statement of the Heart. This statement was the result of the most extensive consultation with First Nations People on constitutional recognition in history and brought together First Nations representatives from across the country. The Voice is a generous offer from our First Nations brothers and sisters to walk with them on the path of reconciliation.
Supporting Yes is about three things:
- Recognition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution and paying respect to 65, 000 years of culture and tradition.
- Listening to advice from a committee of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about matters that affect their lives, so governments make better decisions.
- Making practical progress in Indigenous health, education, employment and housing, so people have a better life.
What is the Voice?
The Voice will be an independent representative advisory body, made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people chosen by local communities.
The Voice will give independent advice to parliament and government on the issues affecting Indigenous communities, which will lead to better
Embedding a Voice in the Constitution would recognise the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history, but importantly would also mean that it can’t be shut down by successive Governments.
Supporting Yes means:
Real, practical improvements in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Giving people a say on issues that affect them, like their health, education and jobs.
Acknowledging in our Constitution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been here for more than 60,000 years.
Making history. Helping deliver a fair go for all. Making Australia a stronger and more united country.
Translated factsheets on the Referendum:
Read the Uluru Statement from the Heart here:
For further information on the Voice:
- The proposed question: https://voice.gov.au/referendum-2023/referendum-question-and-constitutional-amendment
- The Voice principles: https://voice.gov.au/about-voice/voice-principles
- How the referendum will work: https://voice.gov.au/referendum-2023/how-referendum-works
- Voice to Parliament: debunking 10 myths and misconceptions: https://lens.monash.edu/@politics-society/2023/02/27/1385518/voice-to-parliament-debunking-10-myths-and-misconceptions
- Yes23 FAQs: https://yes23.com.au/faqs-about-the-referendum