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In 2023, Australians will be asked if there should be a constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

A referendum - a compulsory national vote that is not an election - is required when there is a proposal to change our Australian constitution. 

The proposed question will be ‘do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?’ 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have asked for this recognition to be in the form of a voice to parliament. 

Only through a Constitutional Referendum will the Voice have the support and authority it needs to make sure the government and Parliament will take its advice seriously. 

The quality of life for most First Nations people should be much better. A country like Australia should not have such terrible gaps in health, education, justice and income between First Nations and other Australians. 

For over 200 years Australian governments have been making decisions about First Nations people. These decisions have resulted in the outcomes we see today. The statistics show that life for many First Nations Australians is hard, short and poor. It starts that way, and few are given the chance to catch up. Something isn’t working and needs to change. 

The Voice would give First Nations a chance to have their say about new laws and projects and explain why they may or may not work.  

This will mean better decisions are made. This will result in practical change.  

We will be able to close the gap between First Nations and other Australians. 

Please visit www.Yes23.com.au for more information. 

Learn more about the Voice, and why it matters for our Union, here:

Unions always stand up for fairness, justice and making sure no one is left behind. These issues affect many of our First Nations members. They have asked for our help. Our member leadership endorsed this campaign at the 2022 Member Convention. 

Our Union has a proud history of fighting for what is right and making lives better. This vote is simple. Recognising our First Nations Australians and allowing them to have a voice in decisions made about them. It will mean better decisions are made which will help them achieve the same quality of life we expect. It is Union business and we need to make this right. 

450 Delegates representing 150,000 members came together in Queensland for our Union’s first Quadrennial Delegates Convention in 2022. 

Members overwhelming supported a YES campaign at the Convention and want our union to be leading conversations in workplaces and in the community. 

Delegates shared their experiences and struggles at large plenaries and dug deeper to develop resolutions on campaigning for our commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

This is an exciting and important moment for our union and our country, and it will involve all parts of our union in this historic campaign. 

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