Change is needed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a say in the laws and policies that impact them.
Australia has seen over two centuries of failed policies directed towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; policies created from government without enough engagement from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are directly affected by them.
These policies have often been formed from good intentions but they have not delivered better outcomes.
In 2008, the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments committed to achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health and life expectancy within a generation through the Closing the Gap strategy.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders deserve a fair go and a Voice to Parliament would ensure that a Voice can tackle the challenges outlined in the Closing the Gap Statement, delivering genuine fairness and equality in Australian society.
A voice to parliament provides the foundation for better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
They are the ones that have the best understanding of the challenges facing their families and communities. They know the strengths of their communities and what can be achieved when they are involved in designing programs and services meant for them.
A Voice to Parliament will empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, allowing them to take ownership and responsibility for the challenges that they face, and work constructively with governments from any political party to develop the laws and policies needed to Close the Gap.