Wednesday, 2 August 2023
Questions without Notice
Australian Constitution: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice
Yes, I can, and I thank the senator for the opportunity to further expand on First Nations enrolment. As I outlined, enrolment of First Nations Australians is now at a record level because First Nations Australians clearly want to participate in the referendum on the Voice. This is no surprise, as the Voice came from First Nations Australians and is widely backed by First Nations Australians. We keep hearing from First Nations Australians who are ready to get behind the Voice. This includes Adelaide Crows legend—listen to this, Senator Birmingham—Eddie Betts, who has said:
I know the Voice won't fix everything overnight but I feel like it's the opening of a pathway to make sure we are included and respected in decision-making on issues that impact us.