Senate debates

Wednesday, 2 August 2023

Questions without Notice

Australian Constitution: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice

2:12 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

I'll take the interjection from Senator Cash, the chief fearmonger on that side. You want to talk about everything other than how a voice might help First Nations people in this country. Regrettably, what this opposition continues to choose to do is to talk about everything else but what the Voice is, what it will do and what it could do for First Nations people and for our nation.

I think Australians do want to close the gap. I think Australians know that what we have done to date, on both sides of politics over many decades, has left us with a gap that is unacceptable. People should be clear that we want to implement the Voice that First Nations people have asked for, because we believe that when you listen to people you get better outcomes. We want to close the gap between our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the rest of Australia. (Time expired)


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