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Tearfund Position Statement on the Referendum

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Last updated 26/09/2023:

Tearfund Australia is a Christian aid, development and advocacy organisation that has worked for over 50 years with local partner organisations in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, the Pacific and with First Peoples-led partners here in Australia. As a Christian organisation, we seek to adhere to biblical teaching and evaluate all our attitudes and actions in its light.

Tearfund’s vision is for a just and compassionate world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential. The dispossession and oppression of First Nations peoples in Australia is an injustice that has resulted in many being robbed of that opportunity.

Tearfund welcomes the current attention being given to the establishment of a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament and the Federal Government's commitment to hold a referendum on this issue. We believe this is an important step towards justice and we are committed to listening to and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the process of its establishment.

We support the call of the Uluru Statement from the Heart for a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution. This reform will help to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to take their rightful place in their own country.

We hear the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a movement of all Australians for a better future.

We support the case to vote ‘Yes’ to the referendum question of whether a First Nations Voice should be enshrined in the Constitution.