On Saturday, 14 October, Australians will cast their vote at a referendum to decide whether to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.
If voted for, The Voice to Parliament will provide recognition and permanent representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. Being in the constitution means that governments cannot remove it.
Put simply, the Voice to Parliament will allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a say on laws and policies that affect them, which is something they have not had. The Voice is positive, practical and fair.
The ANMF is proud to be in support of a Yes vote and a Voice to Parliament. Social justice has always been a pillar of the ANMF’s work, and we believe that meaningful consultation via a Voice to Parliament will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people address the significant issues facing them and their communities around health, housing, education, justice and economic welfare.
CATSINaM Statement and Resources
The ANMF supports colleagues and members of CATSINaM, the peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives. Read CATSINaM's Statement on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice and watch their handpicked selection of webinars here.
It makes sense that nurses, midwives and carers, and the ANMF, support the call from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be recognised and consulted on the issues affecting them. Fairness, equity and an equal say on the issues that matter is worth fighting for.Read More
Closing The Gap
Positive & Practical
An easy-to-follow guide for the millions of Australians who have expressed support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, but want to better understand what a Voice to Parliament actually means.