Australian Red Cross position statement regarding Voice to Parliament

Australian Red Cross position statement regarding Voice to ParliamentAustralian Red Cross encourages our staff, members, volunteers, and those that work with us to take time to learn and understand more about these important topics , what a referendum is and what the Voice to Parliament is about so all community members can make their own informed decision at the referendum later this year. We are not advising people on how they should vote in the upcoming referendum, in keeping with our Fundamental Principles of neutrality, independence and unity.

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Baptist Mission Australia supports the Voice to Parliament

Baptist Mission Australia supports the Voice to Parliament


Baptist Mission Australia supports a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Australian Baptist Ministries in the peak body of our Australian Baptist movement and in September 2022, the Australian Baptist Ministries National Council endorsed the recommendations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council and the Referendum

Indigenous churchAt the heart of the upcoming Voice to Parliament Referendum is the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the world’s oldest continuing culture, in the Australian Constitution. As Catholics, we have a responsibility to listen to the voices of First Australians and to work towards a more just and equitable society.

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Executive Council of Australian Jewry support YES Vote

Elected Councillors of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), the peak representative body of the Australian Jewish community, have voted overwhelmingly to support a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum to decide whether to alter the Australian Constitution to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to make representations to Parliament and the Executive Government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane: A Pastoral Statement on the Referendum

Pastoral Statement on the Referendum
Original Art – ‘Reconciliation with Aborigines’ © Michael Galovic – 1999


Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane has written a Pastoral Statement on the Referendum. In response to the announcement of the referendum date, Archbishop Coleridge writes, “In response, we need first to see the truth of the suffering of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the disadvantage many experience today as a result. Justice demands that we seek to rectify this disadvantage and its consequences.”

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Uniting Church Support for the Voice

Uniting for the Voice - Uniting Church in Australia Assembly and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress

The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) welcome the launch of the campaign to vote Yes in the Referendum which seeks the support of the Australian people for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice.

“We support the Yes vote for the Voice as a pivotal step toward the full implementation of the Uluru Statement, so that as a nation we can finally confront the truth of our past and present and make way for justice.”

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Nothing here is what it once was

Statements from the Soul

This year, Australians will be asked to vote in a referendum to give our first nations people a Voice to Parliament. This will create constitutional change to give aboriginal people an advisory role in matters which affect them.

The Buddhist Council of NSW is playing a leading role in the Buddhist community to help inform our diverse member organisations about the referendum process and why it matters.

The Voice to Parliament came out of the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart, which set out the reasons for enshrining a first nations voice in our constitution. Following this statement, in 2023, a series of essays from religious leaders was collected in a book, Statements from the Soul: The Moral Case for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, to lay out the moral case for constitutional change. The Buddhist perspective was provided by Sydney based monk, Bhante Sujato, reproduced below.

Read all the essays in the book Statements from the Soul: The Moral Case for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, edited by Shireen Morris and Damien Freeman, La Trobe University Press, 2023.

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Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Voice to Parliament

Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Voice to Parliament


The Executive Council of Australian Jewry – ECAJ, the peak national representative body of the Australian Jewish community, is delighted to invite you to an enlightening presentation and Q&A virtual session with Noel Pearson, as we delve into the significant topic of The Voice referendum in Australia on the evening of Wednesday 6 September 2023.

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