1 May 2023
The Voice is a proposal to give Australian first nations people a constitutionally enshrined right to be heard by government.
It’s provoked heated debate: Is the Voice needed? Will it undermine democracy? Will it improve life for Aboriginal Australians.
Journalist and producer Jason Kerr speaks to Rev. Bill Crews, a long-time advocate for Aboriginal Australians.
Deadly I love this the facts Aborigines are the top of topics here as we need alot of support more than most as we are in our aborigines people times of one of the most lossed people
Deadly bill I support U brother 100% power to the people bruz always
My first approach is: what is democracy? Is it a “general term “of a system of governance or it has certain values such as representation and voice from all citizens?
My second approach: If Democracy represents equally all citizens, then by introducing a specific people’s status, then it is a kind of discrimination by recognising that maybe some people are not equal.
I support Aboriginal Australians and perceive them equal with all other citizens who have the same rights and obligations.
I voted yes in the 1967 referendum and i will be voting yes in the referendum later this year.
They are disadvantaged- people with disabilities get extra help- this just helps them be heard and get their needs met. Egalitarianism and ‘equality’ doesn’t always mean equal treatment.
I will certainly be voting YES! We need to recognise that the Voice enshrined in the Constitution is just the first step in a process of “makarrata” or “coming together after a struggle” to reach a fair and truthful relationship with all the peoples of Australia.
God bless and thanks for your comment, Bill
Thanks Bill and Jason. For a better country a YES vote is only way. YES is my vote.
I believe the indigenous peoples of all lands have been graced with a deep profound knowledge of the spiritual essence; the connectiveness of creation and creatures formed by THY divine hand in a blink of an eyelid before time began. If only we would take the time to listen to the humble compassionate plea of our first nation peoples to take care of country. This is an entirely different perspective one of custodial rather than the deluded notion of ownership. Needless to say, I will be voting YES.
For Me, it beggars belief that our indigenous Aboriginal People. People connected to the environment with great reverence and respect need a vote in a referendum. People who have lived in total harmony and cooperation with their surroundings for thousands of years before white settlement need a WhiteAustralian Vote. Thi,s for what is rightfully and respectfully their just entitlement. This vote, all in the name of greater than though British Sovereignty, intoxicated with Hubris and Arrogance as claimers of our country Australia. It is utterly galling. I will have no hesitation voting YES, in the best interests of The Common Good, and the rightfulness of our Black Native Australians.
My full support for the YES vote.Bill your words give dignity to the Aboriginal people and their plight to be heard and their right to justice.
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