I’m voting YES to the Voice to Parliament.

Because the First Nations people of Australia deserve to have the privileges the rest of us take for granted and, at the very least, be the source of truth on matters that affect them and the land they have long cared for. #Yes23

Please don’t be seduced into believing that an Indigenous Voice to Parliament will somehow mean other things will happen that will make your life any less than it is now. The Voice doesn’t guarantee anything beyond allowing those who are experts in their matters to be able to voice that knowledge to Australia’s Parliament as advice. It’s really that simple.

“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?”

The very angry ants trying to tell you otherwise are simply wrong. Whether because they are mistaken, because of a lack of understanding, or deliberately because of racism, votes, the potential to profit from your doubt or because of a more insidious need to create a constant feeling of chaos and fear.

Don’t be used and fooled. Read about this and learn the facts. Facts do matter.

Further reading can be indigenous found at each of these links…

https://www.yes23.com.au/
https://www.reconciliation.org.au/reconciliation/support-a-voice-to-parliament/#Commonmythsandmisbeliefs
https://www.nlc.org.au/the-voice
https://www.aec.gov.au/media/disinformation-register-ref.htm
https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/en/podcast-episode/voice-referendum-what-is-it-and-why-is-australia-having-one/oasqgytjs
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2023/jul/20/the-vote-yes-pamphlet-referendum-voice-to-parliament-voting-essay-aec-published-read-in-full-annotated-fact-checked
https://deakin.libguides.com/voice-to-parliament/yes
https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/crosscheck/common-confusions-about-voice-to-parliament
https://ulurustatement.org/training/#/

Of course, Parliament may ignore advice from The Voice, as it has largely done since it was formed.

But this is a start. It prevents a future governmental tantrum from rolling back this representation and societal progress.

Voting Yes won’t hurt you, my non-Indeigenous colleagues. You’ll still be in the majority and able to enjoy all of your current privileges.

This is 2023. Not 1823. Let’s be better than we were.

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