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The way forward

Last edited: November 3, 2022

What do polling results illustrate about community support for the constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice and what are ANTAR’s commitments towards constitutional reform?

Support for constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice comes from across the sectors including major legal firms and leading business organisations across the country. A number of Australian states and territories are now pursuing elements of the Statement in their own jurisdictions. There is wide support for the Uluru Statement from local councils, large advocacy organisations such as ACOSS, state and national Indigenous advocacy groups, former High Court Justices, and innumerable local community groups. 

Australia Institute polling results in June and July 2022 illustrate the growing community support:

  • Nearly two in three Australians (65%) surveyed in July would vote “Yes” to enshrine a Voice to Parliament for First Nations peoples in the Constitution;
  • Support for the amendment has increased from June, when 58% of respondents said they would support a constitutional amendment;
  • More Australians say they do not know how they would vote than say they would vote against the amendment (21% vs 14% in July).

ANTAR is dedicated in doing its part to ensure that this generation of Australians match the generation of 1967, and pushes for a constitutional reform for an enshrined Voice. This means making sure that the current Labor Government follows through on their commitment to hold a referendum in its first term, and encouraging others to continue learning about the importance of constitutional recognition for First Nations communities and future generations. In the words of Senator Patrick Dodson:

We’ll only move further if we have the courage to face up to the three things that have been asked for out of Uluru. [Get] a voice to the parliament, entrench that voice to give security to First Nations and get down the road to a treaty.

ANTAR remains committed to the principles of Justice, Rights and Respect laid out in the Uluru Statement, believing that constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is as necessary for non-Indigenous Australians as it is for the First Nations Peoples of this ancient continent.

ANTAR also supports agreement-making between governments and First Nations and a national process of truth-telling. ANTAR continues to work closely with leading First Nations and non-for-profit organisations to ensure that a commitment to the full implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart is fulfilled and a Voice to Parliament is constitutionally enshrined in order to progress as a nation.

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