Woollahra Council resolves to support a Voice to Parliament

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Woollahra Council resolves to support a Voice to Parliament

Published 22 May 2023

On 14 October 2023, Australians will be asked via Referendum if there should be constitutional recognition of Indigenous people through a Voice to Parliament.

A Voice to Parliament would be an independent advisory body which makes representations to the Australian Parliament and Executive Government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Woollahra Council is committed to reconciliation and building greater understanding and respect among all people who live, work in and visit Woollahra. As part of this commitment, on 27 March Council resolved to support the Voice to Parliament (the Yes Vote) and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Our support for the Yes Vote will involve educating the Woollahra community on what a Voice will mean for Indigenous people and Australian society as a whole, providing a platform for First Nations voices to be heard and consultation with Indigenous organisations including the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Gujaga Foundation.

Council’s resolution follows the recent adoption of our Reconciliation Action Plan, which details our vision for reconciliation and the steps we are taking to develop and enhance relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

Yes / No Cases

The Australian Electoral Commission has published the official Yes and No cases for the Voice to Parliament. These online documents aim to give Australian voters an insight into both cases, ahead of the referendum to be held later this year.

Note: The AEC was not involved in the development of the content in the Yes and No cases. The words in the Yes and No cases are as supplied by the respective parliamentary committees.

Read the Yes case document.

Read the No case document.

Wentworth for the Voice event

On Tuesday 19th September, Wentworth for the Voice will be hosting an event at the Diamond Bay Bowling Club. Come along to hear the conservative case for YES to the Voice from Liberal Party members. Read more and RSVP.

Portraits of event speakers

Find out more:

The Voice to Parliament

The Uluru Statement

Yes23: Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

Wentworth for the Voice

Interesting reads on The Voice to Parliament, Uluru Statement from the Heart, and Truth telling

Woollahra Libraries staff have created a fascinating list of books related to The Voice to Parliament, available to borrow from our eCollection or off the shelf.

Check out the book list.1

Authorised by Craig Swift-McNair, General Manager, Woollahra Municipal Council, 536 New South Head Road Double Bay NSW 2028.

Ideas Exchange: The Voice to Parliament Movement

Join Michaela Kalowski as she discusses the Voice to Parliament movement with experts Shireen Morris and Gary Field in this public education forum about the upcoming referendum, and what this vote means for First Nations people and our country.

Thursday 14 September 2023, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: Free

Bookings essential online

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