Voice to Parliament and Uluru Statement from the Heart

Uluru Statement from the Heart

A referendum on a Voice to Parliament for First Nations people will be held on Saturday 14 October 2023.

The Voice to Parliament would create a constitutionally protected body of First Nations people to advise the Australian Parliament and government on laws and policies as they are being developed. This is one step identified in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Be ready to vote on Saturday 14 October

Be ready to vote and learn more about the Voice to Parliament: voice.gov.au

Voting will open two weeks prior to the referendum day. See the Australian Electoral Commission website for details on how to vote: aec.gov.au/referendums

Information in your language

The Social Policy Group has been engaged by the Australian Electoral Commission to run free face-to-face and online events for multicultural communities. Find out more: socialpolicy.org.au/events

Upcoming events in Hobsons Bay

Voices for the Voice

During September 2023 we proudly hosted a number of community events to support the Voice to Parliament referendum. Our gratitude to Yarrabah Mayor Ross Andrews, constitutional law expert Eddie Synot, referendum educator Dr Heather Wearne, and Yorta Yorta man and former Western Region Football League president Ian Hamm for joining for the Voices for the Voice community forum.

Council's position

Hobsons Bay City Council voted at its meeting on 20 June 2023 to support the Yes vote, and to promote information and resources to help the community become informed about the Voice. 

Below is a message from the Mayor Ross Andrews of Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council about the Voice to Parliament. Yarrabah is a sister city of Hobsons Bay.  

About the Uluru Statement From The Heart

In May 2017, over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates met at Uluru (Mutitjulu) in the Northern Territory and put their signatures to the Uluru Statement From The Heart

The Uluru Statement From The Heart proposes key reforms including the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission for the purpose of treaty-making and truth-telling. 

In line with our responsibility to uphold human rights and our commitment to creating an inclusive, empowered and visionary community, Council encourages residents to learn more about the history and the issues involved through reading about the processes and outcomes of the Uluru StatementLearn more about the Uluru Statement