Community & Business

12 April, 2023

Voice campaign starts

A CAMPAIGN to encourage people to have conversations about the proposed First Nations Voice to Parliament has kicked off in the region.

An image from the new advertising campaign to promote the Voice to Parliament.
An image from the new advertising campaign to promote the Voice to Parliament.

The six-week education advertising campaign “History is Calling” will run on television, aiming to raise awareness about the Federal Government’s Voice proposal which will be the focus of a referendum later this year.

The ad features narrator, proud Pitjantjatjara and Nyungar man Trevor Jamieson, as he tells a story about how First Peoples achieved a Voice with the help of all Australians.

The story illustrates what a future might be if locals all supported the Voice at the upcoming referendum.

Alwyn Lyall, Kuku Yalanji man and Uluru Dialogue representative, said the Uluru Dialogue is focused on raising awareness for the Voice in Far North Queensland and that the Voice is a reform that all Australians can be proud of.

“The Voice is the first reform called for in the Uluru Statement and it’s a reform that the men and women of the Regional Dialogues told us would make a real difference to the everyday lives of First Peoples,” Mr Lyall said.

“Broadcasting ‘History is Calling’ in Far North Queensland shows our commitment to building education and awareness.

“It’s our hope people will accept the invitation from the Uluru Statement and understand why the Voice matters.”

Mr Lyall said the Uluru Dialogue is using the “History is Calling” ad to drive conversations about the practical benefits of the Voice.

“We all need to get behind this referendum. The ad shows how powerful these conversations with our families, friends and colleagues are in making change, so let’s keep having them,” he said.

“Over the coming months, we’ll be at market stalls and holding Yarning Circles across Far North Queensland to talk about what the Voice is why it matters and what it will do for the future of this nation.”


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