A vote for an Indigenous Voice could unlock path to unity

Opinion: We need reasons to bring this nation together. A fair and practical way to recognise Indigenous Australians would be a great start. Let’s get it done

26/01/2022 4:14:00 AM

Opinion: We need reasons to bring this nation together. A fair and practical way to recognise Indigenous Australians would be a great start. Let’s get it done

Like the historic 1967 vote, a successful constitutional referendum for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament could be the moment of cultural unity the nation needs.

AdvertisementCredit:Second, it is clear to us from our campaign that many Australians won’t be marching for change today – but they still reject the woefully inadequate status quo for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2022. These Australians are tired of hearing the same promises and plans by governments to ‘close the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians without seeing real change in peoples’ lives.

Credit:It’s not a stretch on anyone’s empathy to acknowledge Indigenous people know their issues best – far better than politicians and bureaucrats in cities far from their communities. It is these Australians who are getting behind the push for a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. They understand the simple idea of a Voice to Parliament that brings the experience and expertise of Indigenous people to urgent policy challenges that evade the best intentions of politicians and bureaucrats.

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Are fing joking , First Nations people get recognised at every government and sporting event, I don’t and I was born here 71 years ago in western Sydney and have never got a cent ever from the government raising 3 children. Still working , so smoke that you rag! The first step towards that would be to stop identifying people with words which indicate their race. EVERYONE who lives here is a migrant or descendant of migrants from somewhere else. A name is enough of a definition. All migrants have difficulties in one way or another.

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How the longest Indigenous land rights protest in the world started with a beach umbrellaFrom the first rainy night 50 years ago, to new generations continuing the push for change: Michael Anderson reflects on the past and future of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Happy Australia Day ABC Sorry but you are more worried about a day rather than the aboriginal kids that are leading a life of abuse and crime shame on you. Original Aboriginal Embassy

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Australian government buys copyright to Aboriginal flag in $20m dealDeal includes payment to designer Harold Thomas and terminates commercial licences, meaning flag now ‘belongs to everyone’, federal minister for Indigenous Australians says WTH? That will solve plenty of problems...Yeah If I’m remembering correctly the flag was previously privately owned right?

To tell the truth, our flawed emotional logic must be laid bareTo achieve true reconciliation, difficult discussions about Indigenous dispossession and disadvantage can no longer be confined to the week of Australia Day. The date is 1 of many issues but its an easy starting point. As someone that was born in Germany 20 years after the war I have a good understanding of what it means to own ur history (good and bad) and the 1 thing u can't do is run away and hide from the bad stuff. So how about we stop guessing, and get the aborigine community to give us their top three choices (with a deadline to choose) and we vote on those. That way all the different tribes can combine into a single force and offer the options. If they can't we just leave it where it is

$20m copyright buyout makes Aboriginal flag free for allLuritja artist and activist Harold Thomas signed a deal to transfer control of the iconic Indigenous symbol to the Commonwealth.