A Voice For First Nations People

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A Shorten Labor Government will establish a Voice for First Nations people, and seek the support of the Australian people for that Voice to be enshrined in the Constitution.

We support the Voice. We support enshrining it in the Constitution. It is our first priority for Constitutional change.

When 250 First Nations Leaders convened at Uluru in 2017 and called for a Voice to Parliament, Labor heard that call.

In government, we will work with First Nations people at the national and regional level to make it a reality.

LABOR’S PLAN:

Labor has made clear that we will work with the Liberals on a Voice for First Nations people, but we will not wait for them.

We will move quickly following the election to agree on a process with First Nations people – including a clear pathway to a referendum. We will also work with them to establishing a Makarrata Commission for agreement-making and truth-telling.

This will be a genuine process of government and First Nations people working together to achieve meaningful change.

We will examine options for ensuring local, regional and national representation so that First Nations communities have a genuine say.

It is disappointing that the Liberals continue to peddle lies about what the role of a Voice would be.

A Voice would not be a third chamber of Parliament. It would be a mechanism for First Nations people to have a greater say in the policy issues that impact their lives.

We have nothing to fear from working with First Nations people to address the many complex issues that affect the first Australians.

The Liberals have consistently failed to properly engage with First Nations people on important policy issues, leading to a litany of policy failures in Indigenous Affairs.

Whether it is the disastrous Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Community Development Program or the Close the Gap Refresh, only by working with First Nations people can we fix the legacy of failed policies left by this government and achieve a more equal, more reconciled Australia.