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Yes – a new chapter in our national story 

Later this year, Australians will be given the chance to deliver constitutional recognition and a Voice to Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

It’s an exciting time for our country. You can feel momentum growing around Australia, as the campaign ramps up in every state and territory.

We are also making progress for the Voice in parliament. In March, our Labor government released the wording we intend to take to this referendum:

“A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

Do you approve this proposed alteration?”

This is a simple proposition – about recognition and advice.

We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities continue to face challenges.

Isn’t it just common sense to get advice from the people most affected when we make laws that impact them?

We are so lucky to share this country with the oldest living culture on earth.

This referendum is a chance for Australians to come together and start a new chapter in our national story.

If you’re as excited as I am about this opportunity, here are three ways you can get involved:

  • Contact my office by phone on (02) 9379 0700 or email to collect a Yes poster or sticker, or let us know if you’d like to be involved in the local Yes campaign.
  • Check out the resources on the Yes campaign website here: And chat to your friends and family.
  • Make sure you are on the electoral roll for the referendum – you can enrol to vote, check your enrolment, or update your details at


The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP is the Member for Sydney and Minister for the Environment and Water in the Australian Government.

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