Australian 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.
The National Council of Australia of the St Vincent de Paul Society supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart including Constitutional Recognition and The Voice to Parliament. Our position mirrors the Australian Catholic Bishops and advances the principles of Catholic social justice.
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.
Australia’s major faith-based charitable service networks have united to support Voice to Parliament: “We are deeply committed to a civil society and a world of justice, hope and fairness.” Charities include Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia. St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army, Uniting Care Australia.
With compassion in our hearts, Caritas Australia embraces and supports the creation of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.
Recent statistics show 60 per cent of victim-survivors of domestic and family violence don’t go to police, and the experts we spoke to say that figure is likely much higher. Understanding why could help you better support a loved one experiencing domestic violence.
At 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.
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.
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.”
Greetings of peace and joy, as we are celebrating the arrival of spring! This is also the month of peace, as UN International Day of Peace falls on 21 September and some faiths pay special attention in their prayers and meditations in the lead-up to that date. This weekend has been declared a national weekend of prayer, reflection and meditation in support of our First Nations Peoples. As the national referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament now approaches, representatives from Australia’s major religions have formed a powerful multi-faith alliance to celebrate the wonderful opportunity for recognition and reconciliation offered by the impending landmark vote.