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ATSIEB supports the First Nations Voice to Parliament

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) support the announcement made by Prime Minister Albanese regarding the referendum today.

This is an important step in being able to fully embrace the hope represented by the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

‘Since the establishment of the ATSIEB in 2008 as an independent body, chosen by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, we have fiercely advocated for change,’ says ATSIEB Chairperson, Tanya Keed.

‘We can demonstrate where knowledge of our communities’ needs combined with our intense engagement, advocacy and consultation with government have come together to deliver change.

‘There will be opportunities over the coming months for us to gather as a community to understand the nature of the referendum and its scope and meaning.

‘We must bring voices together in support of the importance of constitutional recognition and a voice to government. Only then we will be walking together to a better future.’

The ATSIEB will make announcements about further consultations on the voice. Today, they celebrate the announcement of a proposed referendum question and constitutional change.

‘The significance of today’s announcement from the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Referendum Working Group about the Voice cannot be understated,’ says Tanya.

‘It’s a moment for all Australians to be a part of giving voice to improving the lives of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander peoples.

‘I would like to share the words gifted to me from my Grandmother, “I want to leave you a legacy not a fight.”

‘The voice will be everyone’s legacy and it’s a welcomed step forward for all Australians to be proud of.’


For more information and media enquiries please contact:

Media contact

ATSIEB Secretariat

(02) 6205 2551

Media release

23 March 2023


Acknowledgement of Country


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body acknowledges the traditional custodians of Canberra, and those who have made it their home. We celebrate their ongoing culture and contribution to the ACT and surrounding regions.