There is a lot of information available on the upcoming Voice referendum. Below are a list of sources to help you understand what the Voice to Parliament is, why we're having a referendum and what will happen if Australians write Yes on 14 October.
Just the facts and details:
- Australian Government, Information booklet: Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through a Voice - https://voice.gov.au/resources/information-booklet
This comprehensive site has information on what the constitution is, what a referendum is, what the Voice would be able to do, and the mechanisms by which it will be set up. This resource has audio recordings of the information in several different languages, too.
- National Indigenous Australians Agency (2023), Referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice - https://www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/referendum-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-voice
This page has simple government information on the Voice, including the referendum question and the section that will go in the constitution, should the referendum succeed.
- Australian Government (2023), Voice Principles - https://voice.gov.au/about-voice/voice-principles
These are the design principles which will guide what the Voice looks like, should the referendum succeed.
- ABC News In-depth (2023), YES or NO? Everything you need to know about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. News explainer story (14 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCnv3G0rDLo
Talks about the referendum, how it will work, why we are having a referendum, what the voice would look like and some of the arguments on either side.
The Story of the Uluru Statement, the Voice and the journey to constitutional recognition:
- Dean Parkin (2018), The Uluru Statement From The Heart - an idea whose time has come, Ted Talk (18 mins) https://www.ted.com/talks/dean_parkin_the_uluru_statement_from_the_heart_an_idea_whose_time_has_come
This Ted Talk tells the story of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including the regional dialogues leading up to the National Constitutional Convention where the Statement was created.
- Shireen Morris (2018), Radical Heart: three stories make us one.
Shireen Morris was an advisor for Noel Pearson in the years leading up to the National Constitutional Convention. This book tells the story of the Voice right from its inception. She recounts specific conversations and meetings with constitutional experts, politicians and First Nations leaders, all of which helped shape the idea.
Where it all started - the Uluru Statement from the Heart
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a gift to the Australian People. It was created at the Constitutional Convention in 2017, which brough together 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and elders from across the country.
Listen to the Statement read by Pat Anderson, Stan Grant, Adam Goodes, Ursula Yovich & Troy Cassar-Daley.
- Read the Statement
Resources in languages other than English
- Multicultural for Voice has videos, factsheets and the Uluru Statement translated in many languages https://www.multiculturalforvoice.org/why-the-voice
- The Australian Government booklet has audio recordings in several languages https://voice.gov.au/resources/information-booklet
- Life Without Barriers has created and translated a one-page fact sheet https://www.lwb.org.au/social-policy/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples/social-justice/voice-to-parliament/translated-factsheets
You can download a two-page pdf of this document here.
Music song and dance has always been a very important part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life and customs.
Here are some videos and musical resources about the Voice campaign to share.
Music and resources from our community
Walk Together Now - music and lyrics by Chris Anderson
At the recent Voice Sprint launch event all attendees joined in with Chris to sing this song.
Beneath the Southern Cross - Peter Branjerdporn
Peter wrote this song (with the help of Michelle McDonald) to soften people's hearts towards the First Nations Voice to parliament. The song is offered in love and humility to every Australian. Please feel free to share for people to use with or without modifications in presentations, conversation and workshops anywhere. It is unbranded so that any community or church group can use it.
Let’s Say Yes! - Cath Mundy and Jay Turner
Cath and Jay have donated this song to all Yes23 campaign groups/individuals for their use in campaigning for and supporting the YES VOTE. The song is designed to be super-easy to learn with a part for everyone, even people who say they can't sing.
- Walk Together Now - music and lyrics by Chris Anderson