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Voice legislation builds momentum for Yes vote

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Acknowledging the extraordinary leadership of First Nations peoples and communities who continue to build momentum for a successful referendum, ACOSS warmly congratulates all those involved in securing passage of the historic legislation to establish the referendum on the Voice to Parliament as part of a commitment to the Uluṟu Statement from the Heart.  

ACOSS is a founding member of the Allies for Uluru and has been a strong supporter of Voice, Treaty, and Truth since the delivery of the Uluru Statement in 2017.   

Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO said the passage of the bill through the Senate will allow the campaign to gather speed and calls on the community to join First Nations groups in working towards a successful ‘yes’ vote. 

“Today’s vote is a historic step towards recognising and valuing the knowledge, expertise, and culture of First Nations people.” 

Dr Goldie highlighted that ACOSS strongly believes that governments make better policies when they listen to the people that will be impacted by them. But for too long, First Nations voices have been ignored by governments. 

“The Voice to Parliament will give First Nations people a constitutionally-protected opportunity to be heard and is a common sense way to secure policies that improve health outcomes, and reduce poverty and disadvantage, Dr Goldie added.  

ACOSS CEO emphasized that they are dedicated to collaborating with the community sector in order to assist the Yes campaign and generate forward movement towards a prosperous referendum outcome.  

“We encourage everyone to accept the generous invitation of the Uluru Statement and get involved in the movement towards a better future.” 

Related: ACNC says charities can contribute significantly to conversations on the Voice referendum 

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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