One Girl accepts the call contained in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk together for a better future.
We support a YES vote in a referendum that asks for a First Nations Voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
This referendum is an opportunity to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia's Constitution. The Voice to Parliament will ensure that First Nations voices are heard on issues that impact their communities and are represented in informing policy decisions.
One Girl is committed to walking alongside First Nations people on the journey towards meaningful reconciliation. We stand with First Nations people on the call for this referendum, as a first step in the journey to voice, treaty and truth.
One Girl believes in equality and equity for all in accessing their human rights and works to ensure that adolescent girls and young women can access their right to an education.
In order to achieve this and build a brighter tomorrow, we believe we must safely amplify the voices of adolescent girls and young women to challenge the status quo and be heard on issues that affect them and their communities.
This is why we believe this referendum is so important. First Nations people’s voices must be heard on matters that affect them if we are to see the meaningful change we exist to create for adolescent girls and young women.
One Girl imagines a future where First Nations people’s cultures, histories and rights are recognised, valued, and form a proud part of Australia’s shared identity.
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Learn more about the Voice:
A First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution is a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
- After detailed consultation with the Referendum Working Group, Prime Minister Albanese announced the proposed referendum question on 23 March 2023.
- The Bill which will trigger a referendum is the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice) was tabled in federal parliament on On 31 May 2023.
- The Bill passed the House of Representatives and passed the Senate on 19 June 2023 after many hours of debate in both chambers, including an extended sitting of the Senate until 4am.
- The referendum (YES/NO VOTE) prepared by the National Indigenous Australians Agency and conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission, will be held sometime between October and December 2023.
The referendum question contained in the Bill is:
“A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice”.
A Voice to Parliament will give Indigenous communities a route to help inform policy and legal decisions that impact their lives. Giving people a say will lead to more effective results.
Embedding a Voice in the Constitution would recognise the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history, but importantly would also mean that it can’t be shut down by successive Governments.
This is important because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and bodies have called for voice for close to 100 years.
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