For a century, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been calling for a voice in the laws, policies and decisions that affect their communities.
This year, Australians will vote on whether we amend the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by establishing a Voice to Parliament.
The Voice to Parliament will be a permanent advisory group, giving advice and recommendations to the Federal Parliament and Government concerning issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is the first key reform identified within the Uluru Statement from the Heart and represents a crucial step forward in the journey toward reconciliation and self-determination.
UN Youth Australia supports the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution through a Voice to Parliament and supports the “yes” campaign in the referendum. We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including young people, have the solutions and the expertise to know what works for their communities.
As an organisation representing young people across Australia, we encourage all young Australians to engage in the referendum process respectfully. We especially invite those who are not yet eligible to vote to listen, learn, and participate in these significant conversations around our nation’s future.
‘It is not just Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that will be given voice when the referendum wins. It will be the land and sea, the stars and ancestors. It will be Australia. It will be all of us.’
– Djawa Yunupingu, Gumatj Clan Leader
We have compiled resources below to assist in understanding the issues and to help inform your decision.