In 2023 Australians will participate in an historic referendum on enshrining a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.
This will be an important moment in our nation’s journey towards reconciliation. It is not the first and it won’t be the last. But it does provide an opportunity for all of us to inform ourselves, to deepen our understanding of the past and make collective decisions about the kind of nation we want to be.
And while the vote itself will be a straightforward—‘yes’ or ‘no’—the social, legal, ethical, economic and historical issues involved are much more complex.
The Academy is encouraging and supporting an evidence-informed national conversation on the Voice; allowing time and space for questions and collective reflection.
Specifically, the Academy is seeking to contribute to the debate by sharing views and insights from our Fellows and other leading social science experts to help inform and educate people about these issues.
As an organisation embarking on our Reconciliation Action Plan, we have also responded to the call from Reconciliation Australia to educate and reflect on our own governance structures in light of the Voice principles.
Scroll down to find information from Academy Fellows and panels discussing the Voice to Parliament.
You can also find more information about the Academy’s commitments and actions towards reconciliation here.
In 2021, the Academy released its State of the Social Sciences in Australia report, which included an analysis of the challenges, opportunities and priorities for advancing reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the social science fields. The report outlined the building blocks for genuine reconciliation in the social sciences: 1) reckoning; 2) learning; 3) investing; and 4) holding space.
- Hear Professor Marcia Langton AO FASSA FTSE describe the Voice to Parliament process so far
- Professor Megan Davis FASSA on the Uluru Statement from the Heart
- Read the Indigenous Voice Co-design report – Co-Chaired by Professor Marcia Langton AO FASSA FTSE and Professor Tom Calma AO FAA FASSA
- Read the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) statement of support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart
- Learn more about an Indigenous Voice to Parliament through the Interactive Digital Learning Platform via fromtheheart.com.au
- Learn more about an Indigenous Voice to Parliament through the Interactive Digital Learning Platform at ulurustatement.org