Later this year, the Australian people will vote in a referendum on enshrining in the Constitution of Australia an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament and Government.
The Voice to Parliament represents the first step towards realising the full Uluru Statement from the Heart and will be a significant milestone in Australia’s long history, which started 60,000 years ago.
Social justice is at the heart of CNLCs mission and purpose and for many years we have worked to remove the barriers that people face in living prosperous lives. Neighbourhood houses have always believed that everyone has a right to be heard and that people flourish when they have the resources and autonomy to reach their full potential.
That’s why we’re supporting the ‘Yes’ position in the referendum. In doing so, CNLC is accepting the invitation embedded in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people for a better future, so they can have a say on policies and laws that directly affect their communities.
CNLC is proud of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation and proud to support the Voice to Parliament. We encourage all people to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the journey to voice, treaty and truth.
Tony R. Milne
More information is available at:
https://voice.gov.au/ – an excellent resource from the Government Indigenous agency
https://fromtheheart.com.au/education/#/ this is a short course you can do – about 20- minutes of listening and thinking about The Voice and why it matters – an excellent place to begin your journey
https://fromtheheart.com.au/ – excellent resources and background material
Professor Megan Davis as she reads The Uluru Statement from the Heart
People can enrol to vote at: https://www.aec.gov.au/referendums/