Why I am voting YES for the voice

I know that there is some concern about what the upcoming referendum means for you and you have concerns about how you should vote.

I want to share why I am voting “yes”.

The whole process comes from the Uluru Statement from the Heart.  This was a 2017 gathering of aboriginal elders at a constitutional convention at Uluru. 


The FAQs about the voice have come from this - https://ulurustatement.org/the-voice/faqs/ 

I saw someone post today on LinkedIn something that resonated with me.

We have come to accept as reasonable and right, the acknowledgement of country as a part of our interactions on a daily basis.  If we truly accept that that is reasonable, then along with this comes an obligation to listen, and I believe also an obligation to act.

So – that is why I am voting YES to the Voice. 

Is it perfect? No.

Is it well defined? No.

Is it a step in a positive direction? Yes

Is it a change from the current status-quo? Yes

Is it supported by a majority of the aboriginal community?  Yes

In this I don’t think we can allow perfect to the enemy of good. 

I believe that voting Yes is the only way we can start to truly give a voice back to First Nations people in Australia.  

I hope you will consider the same action.  Talk to me about it if you would like.  Read about the Uluru Statement and visit the links above if you want to read more too.



Uluru statement from the heart


We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:


Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.


This sovereignty is spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.


How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?


With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.


Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.


These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.


We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.


We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.


Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.


We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.


In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

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