Where did the idea of a Voice come from?
The idea of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament has been around for decades - but the current version was developed in detail throughout consultation with thousands of First Nations peoples across the country, and finalised at the National Constitutional Convention held at Uluru in 2017.
This culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart - an open invitation to all Australians to walk together with First Nations peoples towards a fair and unified future.
The three aspirations of Indigenous Australians set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart are:
- a right to be consulted about decisions which affect them.
- a right to truth telling
- a right to treaties.
You can download a copy of the Statement here: