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National Week of Action urges Yes to Voice

Callan Morse -

A National Week of Action kicked off on Saturday, February 18, urging the community to get behind a yes vote for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

The Voice Week of Action will feature a series of events to raise awareness and support for the upcoming referendum.

Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney will be travelling nationwide to drum up support for the "Yes" campaign to enshrine an Indigenous voice to parliament in the constitution.

Ms Burney told National Indigenous Times the Week of Action provides "a great opportunity" to engage with Australians about the referendum for a Voice to Parliament.

"There is incredible support in the community, from sporting groups, faith groups, unions and the business community," she said.

"I'm looking forward to getting out and speaking with everyday Australians about how they can be part of this historic movement."

The Week of Action coincides with the 'Start a Yarn' campaign, developed by the architects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The national program invites the Australian public to participate in online yarning circles to increase awareness and understanding of the First Nations Voice ahead of the referendum.

Uluru Dialogue Co-Chair Professor Megan Davis said the yarning circles will provide the Australian public with the information they need to start a yarn with their families, friends and workmates.

"Many Australians have heard the Voice being discussed in the national conversation but don't know much about the dialogue process or the 12-year journey to a referendum," Professor Davis said.

"Start a Yarn provides an opportunity for Australians to hear directly from the architects of the Uluru Dialogues about the process that led to a grassroots consensus from First Nations Peoples on the need for an enshrined Voice.

"We find that when people learn the background of the Voice and listen to First Peoples share why they think the Voice will make a difference, the overwhelming majority are very supportive."

The campaign will aim to address the declining enthusiasm for the Voice, with recent EC-Newgate Research published by The Australian suggesting support has reduced by six per cent to 53 percent since May 2022.

The 1500-person poll reflected a notable reduction in support for the Voice from key states of Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland, with support from Labor (65 per cent) and Green (77 per cent) voters substantially higher in comparison to Coalition voters, whose Voice support sits at 32 per cent.

Uluru Dialogue Co-Chair Pat Anderson AO said the data is not reflective of support for the Voice held by First Nations Australians.

"According to a recent poll, eighty per cent of First Peoples support a First Nations Voice," Mr Anderson said.

"We're committed to doing everything we can to provide the Australian people with the information they need to make an informed choice.

"We're asking the public to walk with us on this journey to constitutional reform."

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