Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Referendum: Saturday 14 October 2023
NATSICC and Caritas Australia have launched www.indigenousvoice.church - a website that empowers Catholics to make an informed decision at the 2023 Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum.
The site conatins a collation of statements of Catholic Organisations, resources to assist in discernment and the voices of First Australians and our Catholic Leaders.
Voice to Parliament
A First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution is a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
After detailed consultation with the Referendum Working Group, Prime Minister Albanese announced the proposed referendum question on 23 March 2023.
The Bill passed the lower house on 31 May, and will be debated in the Senate in mid-June 2023.
The referendum question contained in the Bill is:
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?
For more information please click on the links below or contact the parish office.
Our Parish is committed to supporting all people to live their best life and to ensuring that those living in vulnerability are provided appropriate levels of respect, understanding and support.
Our Parish seeks to ensure a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.
Another aspect of this is our commitment to implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan to foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
Acknowledging and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island History and Culture
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Since 2006, Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) have enabled organisations to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.
Based around the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities, RAPs provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination.
Our Parish has registered to undertake a 'Reflect' RAP. We will be setting up a committee in early 2023 to start the drafting process.