Together, we can build a stronger and more united country by recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution.
Do you believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should be recognised in the 122 year old Constitution?
Do you believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be listened to on issues that affect them and their families?
Will you vote Yes?
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Unions For Yes
In 2017, 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders held a Convention at Uluru – the result of which was the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This powerful document became an invitation for Australians of all backgrounds to walk together toward a better future for all of us.
The Uluru Statement, among other things, asked Australia to consider updating the 122-year-old Constitution to finally reflect the 65,000 years of continuous culture held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. That recognition should be in a form of the right to be listened to by politicians on issues that affect them – a Voice to Parliament.
As unionists we know the importance of being listened to – and that when we listen to those impacted by our decisions, we get better results. This is true in work and life, and it’s why this referendum is union business.
Our history is rich and unique and begins with more than 65,000 years of continuous cultural connection to our land.
The land now known as Australia has been home to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for tens of thousands of years.
Yet our 122-year-old constitution still doesn’t recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The constitution should recognise the right for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be listened to by politicians on issues that affect them – a Voice to Parliament.
It’s time we open our nation’s next chapter by voting ‘yes’ at the referendum.
A Yes vote will be a powerful and unifying moment for our country. But it will take all of us having conversations with our friends, family and workmates to make it a reality. Are you in?
What can you do?
Speak to your friends and family
This historic change will not come easily, but each one of us has the potential to make a huge difference in the campaign. There’s nothing more persuasive than a conversation with someone you know, so we need you to start the conversation with your families, friends and colleagues.
Street stalls, phone banks, letterboxing and signs – there are endless opportunities to be part of the campaign as a volunteer.
Every dollar helps us to fund the campaign and essential training and education.
This referendum will be a powerful moment, not just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but for the whole country. When we start listening to each other, the country will be stronger.Lara Watson – ACTU Indigenous Officer
Union members know how important it is to have a voice in our workplaces. At the upcoming referendum, it’s time to make sure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a Voice on the issues that affect their lives.Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary