It’s time to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution.
In 2023, Australians will vote in a referendum aimed at acknowledging First Nations peoples in our Constitution by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
This Voice will be an independent advisory body representing First Nations Australians, that allows them to provide advice to the Australian Parliament and Government on issues that particularly affect them.
The Voice isn’t a new idea. In 2017, years of work with over 1,200 elders culminated in the release of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.
The Uluru Statement invites all Australians to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in building a better future by establishing a First Nations Voice to Parliament, as well as establishing a Makarrata commission that will facilitate treaty making and truth-telling.
Australia is home to two of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. That’s something special we can all be proud of, and it’s something to celebrate in Australia’s founding document, our Constitution.