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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament Referendum

Indigenous and political viewpoints

There are many viewpoints on the Voice to Parliament. Indigenous voices on both sides of the debate continue to share their perspectives across media and through scholarly material. Politicians from across the political spectrum have diverging views. Explore a selection of these below. 

This page is not intended to represent all Indigenous viewpoints, but below is a collection of contributions to the debate so far from a selection of high profile Indigenous Australians. 

Watch the video (2:01) below as Agnes May and Damien Williams from ICTV News interview people from Titjikala and hear their grassroots views on the Voice to Parliament. 


Indigenous voices

  • Linda Burney

The Hon Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians, supports the Voice to Parliament. She is a Wiradjuri woman. She says that the Voice is about 'recognition and consultation... Consultation through Voice, because listening to First Nations communities leads to better policies and better outcomes.'

Noel Pearson, academic, lawyer and activist, supports the Voice to Parliament. He is a Guugu Yimidhirr man. He delivered the Boyer lectures in November 2022. He says that the Voice will reduce racism in Australia.

Ken Wyatt, former Minister for Indigenous Australians, supports the Voice to Parliament. He is a Noongar, Yamatji, and Wongi man. He encourages debate on both sides and says that the Voice will allow Indigenous peoples to be heard.


  • Warren Mundine

Warren Mundine is a Liberal Party member and businessman. He is a Nyunggai man. He opposes the Voice to Parliament and says that the arguments for the Voice are built upon myths.

 

  • Jacinta Nampijinpa Price

Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians. She is a Warlpiri woman. She opposes the Voice to Parliament on the grounds that it is racially divisive and is one of the leading voices of the No campaign against the Voice to Parliament.

 

  • Lidia Thorpe

Senator Lidia Thorpe is an Independent Senator for Victoria. She is a Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Djab Wurrung woman. She has indicated that she supports the 'no' campaign. She is campaigning for Black Sovereignty.

Learn more about other Indigenous perspectives on the Voice to Parliament and why it isn't necessarily as simple as a 'yes' or 'no' argument.

Political viewpoints

  • Anthony Albanese

The Hon Anthony Albanese is the Prime Minister of Australia. He addressed the Garma Festival in July 2022 to announce that the Government would implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a referendum to enshrine a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.

The Hon Julian Leeser is the former Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs. He is supportive of the Voice to Parliament and resigned from the shadow frontbench following the Liberal Party's declaration to oppose the Voice to Parliament.

  • Peter Dutton

The Hon Peter Dutton is Leader of the Opposition. He is leading the federal Liberal Party's opposition of the Voice to Parliament. He says that the Voice is divisive.