Voice to Parliament

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Indigenous Voice
The Voice
NARROWER TERMS

"The Indigenous Voice to Parliament (The Voice) is the proposed new advisory group containing separately elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, perpetually enshrined in the Constitution of Australia, which would have a responsibility and right to advise the Australian Parliament and Government on national matters of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples". [Wikipedia]



Report

2022 Australian Reconciliation Barometer

The Australian Reconciliation Barometer (ARB) is a national research survey – conducted every two years – that looks at the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and how perceptions affect progress towards reconciliation. The 2022 ARB surveyed a national sample...
Discussion paper

Constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice: the referendum question

This paper considers the legal and constitutional requirements for setting the referendum question on whether to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution through an enshrined First Nations voice.
Discussion paper

Constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations voice: finalisation of the voice design

This issues paper considers the question of how and when to finalise the design of the model of a First Nations voice to the Australian parliament.
Discussion paper

Constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice: the constitutional amendment

This paper address issues that must be resolved prior to settling the constitutional amendment to be put to voters at a referendum on whether to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution through an enshrined First Nations voice.
Report

Voice, Treaty, Truth? The role of truth-telling in Australian, state and territory governments’ reconciliation processes: a chronology from 2015

This publication considers the role of truth-telling in Australia, looking at how it has manifested across different levels of government, both within and outside of formal reconciliation processes, since the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Policy

Labor's commitment to First Nations peoples

This publication outlines the ALP's policy priorities for Indigenous Australians.
Working paper

First Nations regional and national representation: aligning local decision making in NSW with Closing the Gap and the proposed Indigenous Voice

Recent shifts in national policies have resulted in questions about how established regional forms of representation, such as those involved in NSW’s Local Decision Making initiative, will be aligned with new policy priorities and processes. This paper seeks to clarify the terrain of competing and...
Report

Indigenous voice co-design process: final report to the Australian Government

This report proposes a strong, resilient and flexible system in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our communities will be part of genuine shared decision-making with governments at the local and regional level and have our voices heard by the Australian Parliament and...
Report

Indigenous Voice co-design process: an expert analysis of the NIAA public consultations

This report outlines expert analysis of the NIAA public consultations that were undertaken as part of the 2020-2021 Co-design Process for a national and regional/local Indigenous Voice.
Submission

Australian Human Rights Commission submission to the Indigenous Voice co-design process

This document outlines the Australian Human Rights Commission's submission to the Indigenous Voice Co-design Groups on the proposals outlined in the Indigenous Voice Interim Report of October 2020.
Article

An Indigenous ‘Voice’ must be enshrined in our Constitution. Here’s why

Concerns have emerged that the Uluru Statement’s call for constitutional enshrinement – or protection – of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, is going unheeded.
Report

2021 State of reconciliation in Australia report

This report assesses the current status of reconciliation and outlines some practical actions that need to be taken in order to continue to progress the reconciliation process.
Discussion paper

Indigenous voice: discussion paper

This discussion paper explains the proposals for the Indigenous Voice at the local and regional and national levels, and provides links to further information. It also provides guiding questions on issues that co-design groups are keen to explore further prior to the development of final...
Report

Wiyi yani u thangani (Women’s voices): securing our rights, securing our future—report

This report builds upon past research work through a strengths-based national engagement process, seeking community reflections on the status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls’ rights over the past 34 years, and into the present day.
Working paper

Support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament: evidence from opinion research since 2017

This paper examines twelve pieces of opinion research since June 2017 to explore support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament among the Australian public. Specifically, it investigates levels of support, opposition and neutrality over time, by party affiliation, and among the six Australian states.
Report

Indigenous Voice co-design process: interim report to the Australian government

This interim report draws together proposed models for a National Indigenous Voice, and a proposed framework to enhance local and regional decision making and regional governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Article

Three years on from Uluru, we must lift the blindfolds of liberalism to make progress

The proposed constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament was rejected; treaty remains a dream, and the Australian people appear generally indifferent to historical introspection.
Commentary

Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians must involve structural change, not mere symbolism

Megan Davis writes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples do not seek symbolism, and certainly not in the constitution, which distributes power across the federation. They seek change that can make a concrete difference to their lives.
Commentary

Ken Wyatt’s proposed ‘voice to government’ marks another failure to hear Indigenous voices

Ken Wyatt, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, has announced a co-design process for Indigenous people to have a “voice to government". Wyatt has, without consultation, appointed professors Tom Calma and Marcia Langton to a senior advisory group, going against the government’s own “co-design” intention.
Commentary

Proposed Indigenous ‘voice’ will be to government rather than to parliament

The 'voice to government' is to be legislated and separate from the question of symbolic constitutional recognition. This type of reform was resoundingly rejected by the Uluru statement.
Report

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: final report

The committee focussed its efforts on the central proposal for constitutional change made in the Statement from the Heart - the proposal for a First Nations Voice. The committee has also been mindful of the need to ensure that its recommendations are legitimate and acceptable...
Commentary

Towards an Indigenous voice

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is beginning to have an impact in Canberra, argues Gabrielle Appleby.
Briefing paper

Polling – Uluru Statement

Polling released by The Australia Institute shows that a majority of voters support key recommendations put forward in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Report

Effective development practice strengthening Indigenous voice, decision making and control

In November 2017, the ACFID Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Practice hosted a forum in Alice Springs, entitled Effective Development Practice Strengthening Indigenous Voice, Decision Making and Control. This report documents forum outcomes and learnings that can inform other engagement with Aboriginal and...
Report

Final report of the Referendum Council

The consensus view of the Referendum Council is that the recommendations in this report for constitutional and extra-constitutional recognition are modest, reasonable, unifying and capable of attracting the necessary support of the Australian people.