When it comes to creating a fair and equal Australia – one where the health, wellbeing, safety and opportunity experienced by First Nations peoples is on par with the rest of Australians – we’ve observed governments in Australia make detrimental systematic mistakes. It has only been in recent years that we’ve seen evidence in some areas of governments listening to First Nations people, and as a result implementing community-led solutions or co-designed strategies.
Establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament commits our nation to embracing First Nations people, their voices and aspirations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will finally be able to have a direct say on the best steps to ending the inequity, injustice and racism facing their communities.
The journey to the referendum later this year will be an opportunity for truth-telling and a chance to learn how the Voice to Parliament will make our nation stronger. Every day more and more Australians put their hand up in support of First Nations peoples’ right to have a say in matters that affect them.
Will you join us by making the pledge to vote YES today?
With all my heart I support Australia’s First Nations people having their voices heard in the making of laws that relate to them. We need the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament in our Constitution and I pledge to vote YES to Voice at the Referendum. First Nations people, their languages and culture have endured for millennia on this continent, with many other peoples now joining them in calling these lands home. It’s up to today’s generation to insist on a fair go for all, so that we can walk together in true reconciliation.