FRRR supports recognition and a Voice to Parliament

Media releases (soft launch): 12 October 2023

This Saturday, Australians of voting age will be asked to have their say on whether to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

FRRR supports recognition and a Voice to Parliament. In 2019, FRRR accepted the invitation offered in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, agreed to by more than 250 delegates following more than a decade of grassroots national engagement and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Our purpose is to strengthen the vitality and resilience of remote, rural, and regional Australia, and we are committed to increasing and deepening our work with and our support of First Nations’ communities, and to building our own cultural intelligence and capacity. Support for Constitutional recognition of First Nations peoples is one of those commitments and we see the Voice to Parliament as a practical way to listen, learn, work together, and better inform approaches to closing the gap for life outcomes for First Nations’ people; and to enshrine that function.

We encourage everyone to know the facts when making your decision. Here are some links to authorised and transparent information that we have found helpful.

  1. Fact sheet: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice – Australian Government
  2. The Voice to Parliament explained – The Conversation
  3. Voice to Parliament explained: Here are the answers to your most-asked questions about the referendum – ABC News
  4. Yes or No? Here are the key arguments for and against the Voice – SBS News