Close to 250 Greek Australians have pledged their support for a Voice to Federal Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
A Voice to Parliament for Australia’s Indigenous communities has been the subject of heated political debate in recent months with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promising to hold a referendum on the issue before December 2023.
Constitutional recognition through a Voice to Parliament would enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice to the Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives.
Despite political pushback from the Australian Liberal Party for the referendum, a range of opinion polls show a majority of Australians are favourably disposed towards a Voice to parliament.
Mr Albanese also has the support of the state premiers, and a number of prominent community and business leaders.
A statement endorsing an Indigenous Voice to Parliament was shared with The Greek Herald for Australia Day and among the signatories are already 247 Greek Australians from the education and arts sectors, as well as students and community activists.
The statement urged “all Australians, from every cultural background, to vote YES” to the referendum to make Australia “a fairer and more equitable place for all.”
“Indigenous voices have been silenced and their views overlooked as the colonisers decide what is best for them,” the statement reads.
“This must change. The time is overdue for our First Peoples to have a formal say on policies, programs and laws that directly impact on their lives.
“We extend our respect and support to our Indigenous brothers and sisters, by voting YES for the establishment of a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution, as outlined in the generous Uluru Statement from the Heart.“
If you would like to show your support for the statement, you can send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org