The referendum on the Voice to Parliament is fast approaching, with Aussies heading to the polls on 14 October 2023.
It was great to see the support throughout the disability community on the Disability Day of Solidarity for the Voice, when the disability community came together to share information on the Voice to increase education and awareness in the community.
We’ve prepared some more information about the Voice, how to vote in the referendum and why it’s important to people with disability.
What is the Voice to Parliament?
The Voice to Parliament refers to a proposed representative body for Indigenous Australians, which aims to provide a formal platform to influence government policies and decisions that affect Indigenous communities.
It is important for several reasons, including addressing historical injustices, promoting reconciliation, and empowering Indigenous communities.
How do we vote during the referendum?
Voting in the referendum is the same process as voting in any other state or federal election. You can either vote in person on 14 October, or earlier, from a voting centre, two weeks before the referendum date, or via postal vote.
You can find more information, including your most convenient voting centre on the AEC website.
Why is the Voice important for the disability community?
For First Nations people with disability, the Voice to Parliament holds a great significance:
- Representation and inclusivity: The Voice can ensure that the concerns and needs of Indigenous people with disabilities are considered in policy development, making the process more inclusive and responsive to their unique circumstances.
- Improved services and support: The Voice can advocate for improved services and support systems, tailored to the specific needs of Indigenous people with disabilities, thereby reducing inequalities.
- Cultural sensitivity: The Voice can play a role in ensuring that disability services and support are culturally sensitive and responsive, recognising the diversity of Indigenous cultures and languages.
- Economic empowerment: The Voice can advocate for economic opportunities, vocational training, and employment initiatives specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by this group.
Yooralla’s position on the Voice to Parliament
Yooralla has chosen to adopt a position of support for the Voice to Parliament. We see support for the Voice as a way to improve disability outcomes for people and improve disability policy for First Nations people in the country.
We understand that our staff and clients may have differing views and encourage the community to do their own research and come to their own decision about the way they will vote