The Reason Party strongly supports the ‘Yes’ position.
Australians recognise that Indigenous communities face serious and unique challenges. There are real gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in life expectancy, infant mortality, health, housing, education and employment.
For decades, politicians have spent billions on programs that haven't fixed problems nor delivered meaningful improvements for Indigenous communities.
Over decades, dozens of Indigenous representative groups have been established and then removed or defunded by changing governments and bureaucratic agendas.
Indigenous culture and tradition have existed on this land for 65,000 years, this will be the very first time that it is recognised and respected in Australia’s 122-year-old constitution.
The referendum is on Saturday the 14th of October, however early voting has now begun.
When Australians vote, they will be asked to write ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the following question:
“A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve of this proposed alteration?”
When we listen to people and make decisions based on their local knowledge, we get better outcomes. More than 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people support recognition of the voice.
Putting the Voice in the Constitution protects it from politics, giving it the time, security, and independence that it needs to provide meaningful and honest advice.
We refer all Reason members to further information via the YES23 Campaign.