Allies for Uluru call on Australians to vote ‘Yes’ in Voice Referendum

9th Oct 2023

9 October 2023

This coming Saturday, Australians will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in the Referendum to recognise First
Peoples in our Constitution and establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to

Allies for Uluru, a 300 member strong cross-sector collaboration, calls on all Australians to
accept the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk together for a better
future, and vote ‘Yes’.

As Allies representing 97% of the Australian population, we must stand in solidarity with the
vast majority of First Nations people who are calling for this change – to get ‘Yes’ across the

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been clear in their request for this
substantive change over many years of consultation and deep reflection. Now it is up to us
as the Australian people, not politicians, to take our nation forward.

The many decades of inquiries, reports and recommendations have shown us that the
current system cannot lead to meaningful change. The status quo cannot be allowed to
stand. 'Yes' opens the door to something new and better.

It’s time to listen to First Nations Peoples for they hold the knowledge and solutions
necessary for their communities. The bedrock of this country is 65,000 years of continuous
culture – the worlds oldest – and a great source of pride for all.

Settlement Services International CEO Violet Roumeliotis:
“The Voice to Parliament is a simple but powerful proposal that would harness the great
strength and wisdom in First Nations communities. Referendum day is an opportunity to
stand with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and show we believe in recognition,
reconciliation and a more equitable Australia.”

Life Without Barriers CEO Claire Robbs:
“We no longer have the right to advance policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people without their Voice at the centre of the solutions. What we have done for decades has
proved we don’t have the answers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The
Voice is so very simple, it is an advisory body to Government, represented by First Nations
people for First Nations people. Our nation's answer to the question on 14 October needs to
be a simple and uncomplicated Yes.”

Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) CEO, Adj Prof Terry Slevin:
“All Australians will be enriched by a ‘Yes’ vote. This modest change to our constitution will
boost our pride in our country. It will give due respect to our First Peoples, help address the
inequalities they experience, and will help improve health outcomes. It is fair. It is time.
Please, please vote ‘Yes’.”

The Fred Hollows Foundation CEO Ian Wishart:
"Fred was a champion for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples when it
came to good health, their right to sight, and self-determination."

"He once said "I do what the mob tells me, I'm just an eye tradesman", and as an
organisation, we reaffirm our commitment to his legacy, and stand with Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people in their call for a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament."

"With less than a week to go before all Australians can have their say on a better future - one
that embraces the Uluru Statement from the Heart and calls for a voice, reconciliation,
agreement making and truth telling - it's time to do not only the right thing, but the smart
thing, and say yes."

Oxfam Chief Executive Lyn Morgain:
“On October 14, let's do more than just cast a vote; let's craft a positive new chapter in our
nation’s story – one that embraces unity and equality.”

“As allies, we must stand together with First Peoples and say 'Yes' to transformative change,
‘Yes’ to truth-telling, and ‘Yes’ to a future where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
are included in decision-making that shapes their lives and communities.”

ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie:
“As national peak body for the community sector with deep social policy experience, ACOSS
urges all Australians to come together to change this nation for the better by voting Yes. We
know that governments make better decisions when they listen to people directly affected by
their policies. For far too long governments have ignored the advice of First Nations people.
This Saturday, we have an opportunity to right that longstanding wrong and make our
system fairer.”

ANTAR President Peter Lewis:
"Allies must stand in solidarity with First Nations people on 14 October and say 'Yes' to
recognition and listening. This Referendum is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change
– for us to take meaningful steps towards justice and equality as a nation. It's time to walk
together for a better Australia."

Cerebral Palsy Alliance CEO Rob White:
“At its core, a Voice to Parliament is all about inclusion and ensuring all community members
are heard. Every Australian deserves to be included in decision-making on the policy issues
that directly affect them. We can make this happen on October 14th and accept the
generous invitation to move forward together.”

Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) President Shaun Marcus:
“The ALA is committed to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This starts with recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia through the
enshrinement of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Constitution.”

“The Uluru Statement from the Heart powerfully expresses how the Australian legal system
has served to disempower and marginalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
However, the ALA is confident that the law can be used effectively to create a more just and
equitable society – that includes establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.”

“ALA members have determined that the provisions underlying the proposed constitutional
amendment and the Voice are legally sound, well-drafted and appropriate. The ALA is proud
to support ‘Yes’ on 14 October 2023.”

The Wilderness Society (TWS) National Campaign Director Amelia Young:
“The Wilderness Society supports all three principles from the Uluru Statement from the
Heart – Voice, Treaty and Truth.”

“Right now, it is crucial that Australians make an informed vote and engage in this pivotal
moment in a way that advances the rights and aspirations of First Nations people. Our
organisation urges Australians to write ‘yes’.”

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