This year we can change our national constitution to recognise the undeniable connection to country and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
After more than 65,000 years of continuous culture, it is time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised in our 122-year-old constitution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want recognition in a practical form by having a say on issues and policies that impact their lives.
The Voice to Parliament referendum to be held later this year will ask Australians about changing our constitution to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a voice in the laws and policies that impact them.
As union members, we know the importance of having a say on the matters that affect us, of having a seat at the table, and having appropriate representation. The union movement is built on the idea of everyone having a fair go. Through the Voice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are simply asking to have a say on the things that directly affect them.
This year, all Australians have the opportunity to be part of a real change.
Following on from a recommendation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and activists, last year your Branch Conference delegates endorsed supporting the 'Yes' campaign in this year's referendum.
This follows on from our union's commitment to the Uluru Statement - a commitment to voice, treaty, and truth.
The Voice to Parliament is a practical step to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a say in matters that affect them. This is an opportunity to bring our nation together, for a better future.
Many members have already expressed that they would like to be more involved in campaigning for a 'Yes' vote - if that's you, you can now sign up to be part of your union's campaign here.