Road to referendum

Road to referendum

The Voice to Parliament was proposed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Uluru Statement is the culmination of over a decade of work and extensive First Nations consultation which arrived at a consensus about what constitutional recognition should look like.

The road to the Uluru Statement from the Heart has been a long one even without mentioning the decades of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism that came before it. A series of regional dialogues were held across the country, culminating in a National Constitutional Convention at Uluru in 2017, where First Nations adopted the Statement.

The Uluru Statement is an invitation from First Nations people to all Australians. One of its key features is to ask Australians to support meaningful constitutional recognition through providing a First Nations Voice to Parliament.

The Uluru Statement

A vital step towards First Nations justice

The Voice to Parliament provides an opportunity to progress the human rights of First Nations Peoples in Australia through a consultative policy making process that delivers meaningful structural change and a positive impact on their lives.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people know and understand the best way to deliver real and practical change in their communities. Decades of evidence spanning healthcare and health responses, approaches to education, justice reinvestment and the preservation and celebration of culture shows that First Nations Peoples are best served and can best flourish when they're involved in the decisions made about their lives.

The Voice to Parliament will provide an avenue for them to provide advice to the Federal Parliament on issues, opportunities and priorities specific to their lives. Information from communities will result in better quality laws and policies, better targeted investment and ultimately better outcomes for First Nations people across many sectors.

Amnesty sees the Voice as a significant opportunity to advance our campaigning for First Nations human rights across many issues including the overrepresentation of First Nations children in Australia’s youth detention centres. The overrepresentation is damning proof that current policies regarding youth justice aren’t working. We know that when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people steer or lead the policies to address youth incarceration, such as community-led justice reinvestment programs, kids are far more likely to remain out of jail, in their communities and at school. The overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids in prison is exactly the type of issue that the Voice would advise government on, and exactly the type of issue where advice from First Nations leaders would make a difference.

Visit our FAQs page to learn more about what the Voice to Parliament will achieve for the human rights of First Nations peoples.

The referendum
A vital step towards First Nations justice
I stand with First Nations people! Voice, Treaty, Truth

What we’re doing

Led by First Nations staff, Amnesty is campaigning to support the yes case in the referendum. Through on-the-ground activism, community organising and digital engagement we aim to promote the Voice to Parliament as a vital step towards recognising the sovereignty, self-determination, and agency of Indigenous peoples. Securing widespread public support will help deliver a successful ‘Yes’ result and contribute to a more just, inclusive, and respectful nation.

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Our Wins

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