The referendum on a Voice to Parliament is Oct 14
If you’re still unsure on the details on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament, the comprehensive videos below give you all the background and details.
Have you read the Uluru Statement from the Heart? It’s a powerful 439 words that you can read here.
There are also 26 pages of background and excerpts from the regional consultation process that you can also read. Download the statement and background materials here.
How to Vote
The Uluru Statement from the Heart
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation to the Australian people. We ask Australians to accept our invitation to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making and truth-telling about our history.
The Uluru Statement is 439 powerful words. Read it here.
What We Are Voting on:
- The question: “A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration?” Yes or No.
- A Voice to Parliament would have a Constitutional guarantee.
- The Voice will provide advice only to Parliament and Government.
- Parliament will decide the structure of the Voice.
- Proposed Amendment: Chapter IX – Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 129 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.In recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia:
- There shall be a body to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice
- 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;
- 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.
What Happens Next
All Australians can now find detailed information about what they are voting on when the referendum is held later this year, most likely in October.
Voice to Parliament offers Australian politics a powerful tool of negotiation and solution-finding.
By completing the 20 min online short course below you will deepen your understanding substantially about what an Indigenous Voice to Parliament is and why it is important.