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Yes23 launches digital campaign sharing stories of why Indigenous Australians want a Voice

Callan Morse -

The Yes23 movement has today launched a new digital advertising blitz, sharing stories from Indigenous Australians and people working on the ground in communities about how listening to their voices has delivered better outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The series of videos, set to be released across the campaign's digital channels tells stories of why Indigenous Australians want a Voice.

The videos use local examples, including better healthcare services in Kununurra, language and cultural maintenance across the Kimberley, training of Indigenous healthcare workers in Halls Creek and a renal dialysis program in Alice Springs.

Yes23 Campaign Director Dean Parkin said the digital advertising blitz highlights examples of how involving Indigenous people in the design of programs and policies affecting their communities, leads to better outcomes for First Nations Australians.

"This is about hearing from Indigenous people in communities about why they want a Voice to Parliament," Mr Parkin said.

"These videos demonstrate that when you involve Indigenous people in the development of programs that impact them, you get better results.

"This is exactly why we need a Voice to Parliament at the national level.

"It makes sense that when you get input from people who live and work in these communities and experience issues on a day-to-day basis, you get well designed policies that can make a practical difference."

Mr Parkin said Yes23 believes it's important Australians hear stories of how listening to local voices within Indigenous communities can lead to practical outcomes and improve Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander peoples lives.

"(This) is exactly what this referendum is all about," Mr Parkin said.

He said a successful Yes vote later this year will change the game about how policies impacting Indigenous people are developed.

"It will ensure Indigenous people are recognised in our constitution and that they have a seat at the table when laws in areas such as health, housing, jobs and education are being made about them," he said.

The Voice to parliament referendum is set to be held in the final quarter of 2023.

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