Saying Yes to a First Nations Voice

The Voice. At some point, the promise of a uniting conversation about enshrining the voice of First Nations people in our Constitution became a campaign with opposing sides – yes and no.

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Ryan Ong

Currie has grappled with the decision to make a public statement on the referendum. It’s not typically our style, but our team feels the Voice is too important for us to be silent on.

Between us, we don’t have any indigenous heritage. We have differing views about the process and limitations of the Advisory Board, and we don’t necessarily see the Voice as a perfect solution.

But we all support recognising indigenous Australians in the Constitution. The principle of doing the right thing by First Nations people is more important than the detail.

We acknowledge the atrocities enacted against Aboriginal Australians that have been carved into our colonial history. We are aware of the ongoing injustices still faced by our nation’s First Peoples. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, and that there is a need for reconciliation and a better path forward.

So, while the practical outcomes of a yes vote are unclear, we will vote yes because we are hopeful the Voice will be a step in the right direction.

Everyday at Currie, we help people and organisations find their voice. For us it makes sense to give First Nations people this voice to the Australian Parliament.

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