Partners and Community Voice to Parliament referendum

Voice to Parliament referendum

JCU acknowledges the historic moment that faces Australia as people must vote in a referendum on whether a Voice to parliament should be enshrined in the constitution.

Enshrining a Voice to parliament in the constitution means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would have a constitutionally guaranteed mechanism to provide advice to Parliament on matters that affect them. Putting the Voice into the constitution means that governments as they come and go may change/replace/adapt/improve the voice, but no serving government could just abolish the voice, without further constitutional change.

JCU acknowledges the history and processes that led to the Uluru Statement of the Heart, we are committed to reconciliation, and to the democratic process. In the lead up to the referendum we will work with the communities we serve to provide access to information and support civic dialogue that builds respect and shared understandings about what Australia can be when it is at its very best.

  • JCU will be hosting events and discussion during 2023.  The details of these will be noted here and on the events page as they are finalised.

The Conversation is a collaboration between academics and journalists to publish research-based news and analysis.  The Conversation are publishing a series of articles to inform discussion -  click here.