Through partnerships with First Nations peoples we can deepen our understanding and commitment to supporting their self-determination in line with First Order Principles. We recognise our role to support the Victorian Aboriginal communities’ goals set out in Mana-na worn-tyenn maar-takoort: Every Aboriginal Person Has a Home. We must align our reconciliation journey to support the agenda of Traditional Owners and the Aboriginal Victorian homelessness and housing sector.
Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan is a critical step in our journey, and we are proud to share our commitment to build knowledge, understanding and capability within our organisation for First Nations people.
Embedding a Voice in the Constitution would recognise the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s history that can’t be subject to differing political views from successive governments.
The only way to get a First Nations Voice to Parliament is through a referendum, but instead of voting for people, we will be asked a simple question:
“A proposed law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice, do you approve this proposed alteration”?
Our position is that we support the protection of Aboriginal People through a First Nations Voice to Parliament which would be protected by the Constitution which is a key element of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.