Participating in the Voice to Parliament Debate

During a cordial private debate on “The Voice to Parliament” I was reminded that as a naturalised Australian, my input into the debate around the proposed referendum should be minimal to none, and that more broadly any Australian citizens with heritage abroad (particularly non-europeans) should by default vote yes to help correct the inherent racism found in Australian history. I’m not sure if this is the mainstream opinion, but much of the literature found in the media has similar underlying sentiments as to why a yes vote is logical in a progressive Australia.

Whether people vote yes or no, and whether symbolism and tokenism can heal the wrongdoing of the past – history and the lived experience of many people from around the world tell us that responsible government policy coupled with the equal protection of civil liberties and freedoms to ensure that all people can live decent lives is what has the most impact on a nations peace & prosperity.

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