The Voice would be a permanent advisory body that would give advice to the government about the issues that affect First Nations peoples.
More than a referendum, this is an opportunity for Australians to make history together. A Yes vote will recognise 65,000 years of indigenous connection to this land, establishing a practical path to better outcomes for First Nations people and a brighter future for all of us.
The Voice At A Glance
A referendum on a Voice will be held on October 14.
Voting yes will give First Nations Peoples a say on polices and laws that impact them.
A First Nations Voice will improve the lives of First Nations Peoples.
And acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first inhabitants in our founding document.
First Nations Peoples asked for a Voice in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and 83% of First Nations Peoples support it.
The Voice will be independent, selected by First Nations Peoples, community-led and reflect the diversity of First Nations communities.
It will improve government decision making to have First Nations Peoples involved.
There have been 7 processes and 10 reports on constitutional recognition to get here.
Reasons to support a Voice
1.It will be a unifying moment for all Australians to walk together toward a brighter future for our nation.
2.It will make a difference to First Nations communities on the ground as a better-informed government will lead to better laws and policies. And better laws will improve the lives of First Nations Peoples.
3.It will provide certainty, durability and stability so that First Nations communities can plan and build for the long term, protected from the changing winds of politics, ensuring better outcomes for First Nations peoples no matter who is in government.
4.It’s legally safe and has been supported by the Solicitor General and a wide range of constitutional experts, former high court judges and law societies around the country.
5.It will provide an opportunity for First Nations Peoples to have a seat at the table when laws and policies are being made for them, not at the end when they have little ability to influence the outcome.
6.Taxpayer dollars will be directed to policies that work on the ground, not ones dreamed up in Canberra.
7.It will embed more regional and remote community opinions in national decision making.
8.If successful the Voice will have the mandate of the Australian people to be heard but ultimately the parliament will always have the final say.
What you’ll be voting on
The change being proposed for the Constitution is three paragraphs. You’ll be asked to vote yes or no to if you agree with adding these words:
In recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia:
i. there shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice;
ii. the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to the Parliament and the Executive Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
iii. the Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws with respect to matters relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice, including its composition, functions, powers and procedures.
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