YOUR GUIDE TO THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER VOICE
24 August 2023
Maruca tells us what inspired the creation of Your Guide to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum and what we hope it will add to current public discussions about the upcoming referendum: "Knowing that the DDF has a strong focus on First Nations people and Indigenous rights, it was clear to me from the start that I wanted this to be the focus of my project and the upcoming Ref. [...] We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution." The Uluru Statement from the Heart, 2017 This year, the Australian public will be asked to vote in a referendum to enact the first pillar of the Uluru Statement from the Heart as pledged in 2022 by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to implement. [...] The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to the Parliament and the Executive Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; iii. [...] Will the Voice be the voice of Canberra politicians and not the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? MEMBERS REFLECT THE COMMUNITY The Voice will not be the voice of Canberra politicians because members of the advisory body will be selected from the community by the community. [...] Phase 4: The counting of votes is completed When the counting process is finished, the Australian Electoral Commission will return the writ to the Governor-General with a certificate from the Electoral Commissioner which sets out the results of the referendum from each state, territory and nationally.