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Soon, all Australians will be asked to make a decision about changes to the Constitution relating to Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders.
Indigenous communities now comprise only 3% of the total population of Australia. This means effectively the other 97% will be making that decision on our behalf.
We ask you to listen to what we have to say. It’s important that you fully inform yourself before voting yes or no.
Right now, there is a one-sided debate taking place.
The Recognise campaign receives bipartisan support and millions of dollars in funding. It calls for all Australians to back constitutional change, and argues that this decision is simple.
It argues that it’s black and white. That we’re all Australians. That we deserve equal rights. That it’s the next step towards reconciliation.
But it’s not that straight forward.
If fact, many of our people don’t want the proposed changes to go ahead.
We’ve been campaigning for a treaty for decades. Many believe now’s the time we should be discussing a treaty, not the constitution.
Unlike countries such as the US, Canada and New Zealand, Australia is the only Commonwealth nation that has never entered into negotiations about a Treaty.
But this is not the only reason for resisting constitutional recognition. There are many reasons why we don’t necessarily want this to happen.
It’s time to recognise the voices of those who are not being represented in the main stream media. Please take the time to listen to what we have to say.