In 2023, Australians will vote on whether to constitutionally recognise the Voice to Parliament, an independent and permanent body to advise the Australian Government on issues affecting First Nations peoples. ACSI believes the Voice will provide a much needed and strong consultation process between the Parliament and First Nations people.
In 2021, we pledged our support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
ACSI recognises the importance of the Uluru Statement, which was developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and provides a pathway for change and structural reform. The upcoming referendum offers an opportunity to deliver on this vision.
The Voice provides a framework for better communication between Government and First Nations peoples. We hope it will also support honest, respectful, and truly collaborative relationships between First Nations peoples and business.
Australia can only benefit from a policy and regulatory landscape which strengthens the connections between First Nations people, Governments, business, investors and wider communities. The Voice to Parliament is a vital step on the road to making that happen.