Four years on, the Australian people want a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Four years ago, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around the country came together to deliver the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a call for real change through a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.

From the Heart continues to take up the call and reiterates the need for a Voice enshrined in the Constitution. Since the beginning of the campaign, over 27,000 grassroots Australians have joined the campaign to make a Voice a reality through a referendum.

With the end of the consultation period for the Co-Design Process for a Voice and the upcoming delivery of the Final Report, From the Heart believes that the Government should outline a pathway forward for a referendum on a Voice .

From the Heart Director Dean Parkin has called on the Federal Government to ensure any established Voice will be in keeping with the consensus established by the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Mr Parkin said, “We support the work being undertaken by the Federal Government and the Co-Design group to design what and how the Voice would work with both the Parliament and the Government.

“Four years ago, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people proposed a Voice to Parliament, enshrined in the Constitution. This is a fair and practical call for change that is being taken up by Australians from all walks of life.

“With over 80 percent of public submissions to the Co-Design consultation process supporting a constitutionally-enshrined Voice, the Australian people are saying it is now time to put the Voice to a referendum.

“There is bi-partisan commitment to a referendum on constitutional recognition and a design of a Voice that is nearing completion.

“To simply legislate a Voice now would be another example of elite decision-makers dismissing the people and imposing a top-down solution that nobody wants.

“A Voice established this way is doomed to fail.

“This is why From the Heart supports the Prime Minister’s commitment – following the final co-design report – to a dedicated process to examine the constitutional and legislative arrangements to enact a Voice.

“We should welcome the chance to put a Voice to the Australian people through a historic referendum in the next term of parliament.

“A Voice gifted with this powerful mandate is our best chance at closing the gap and unifying our nation,” Mr Parkin said.

Four years on, the campaign for a constitutionally-enshrined Voice is stronger than ever and From the Heart will work tirelessly to grow this unifying movement of the Australian people. 

 

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About From the Heart

From the Heart is a campaign for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament that is enshrined in the Constitution. It is now time for the Australian people to come together through a referendum and make this fair and practical change. Find out more at www.fromtheheart.com.au