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Voice to Parliament referendum in Australia

Publié par Marion Coste le 10/10/2023

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[Question d'actualité] On the 14th of October 2023, Australian voters will be called upon to participate in the Voice to Parliament referendum, which proposes to enshrine in the Constitution an Indigenous voice to parliament. La Clé des langues has selected a number of articles, videos and fact sheets in order to better understand this historic national vote.

1. What is the Voice to Parliament referendum?

  • Voice to Parliament referendum: explained” (Video; The Sydney Morning Herald, September 2023). This video summarises the referendum process in Australia and how the Voice to Parliament referendum would help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a say in government policy and programs.

2. A divisive referendum

3. The "Yes" campaign

4. The "No" campaign is dominating the debate

5. The history of Indigenous rights in Australia

  • 100 Years of calls for Voice” (Reconciliation Australia). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander have called for a political voice in one form or another for close to 100 years. This page provides an overview of the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies and leaders have fought to be heard since the 1920s.
  • Events that led to the 1967 Referendum” (Timeline; National Library of Australia). It was only in 1967 that the Constitution was changed to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part as the Australian population. The page also includes activities for classes.
  • Aboriginal Australians” (Article; National Geographic, 31/01/2029). Legally, “Aboriginal Australian” is recognised as “a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he [or she] lives.”
  • Australia’s First Peoples” (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies). The Torres Strait region is located between the tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea and is made up of over two hundred islands.
  • ‘Equal rights for Aborigines’: Indigenous activism and constitutional reform” (Article; National Archives of Australia, 29/05/2020). This article gives an overview of the long history of agitation, action and appeal for Indigenous rights.

Further Reading

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Other academic articles

  • ANANDAKUGAN, Nithyani. 2020. “The Uluru Statement from the Heart: Contextualizing A First Nations Declaration”, Harvard International Review, volume 41, n°1, pp.30-33, https://www.jstor.org/stable/26917278.
  • WILLIAMS, George. 2014. “Should the Australian Constitution Establish an Indigenous Advisory Body?”, Australian Indigenous Law Review, volume 18, n°2, pp.111-122, http://www.jstor.org/stable/26423294.
  • DAVIS, Megan. 2015. “Closing the Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage: A Trajectory of Indigenous Inequality in Australia”, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, volume 16, n°1, pp.34-44, http://www.jstor.org/stable/43773665.
Pour citer cette ressource :

"Voice to Parliament referendum in Australia", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2023. Consulté le 16/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/civilisation/commonwealth/voice-to-parliament-referendum-in-australia