Anti-Discrimination NSW has collaborated with 13YARN to produce a new referendum resilience resource called 6 ways to look after yourself and mob during The Voice referendum debate.
Later this year, Australians will be asked to vote on whether Australia should change its Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia and set up a body called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
The Voice would be a body that provides advice, wisdom, experience, evidence and solutions to the Australian Parliament and Government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.
It’s a practical way of making sure constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is more than symbolism, and it is what Indigenous Australians through the Uluru Statement from the Heart are calling for.
Having a Voice means Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would be able to give advice to politicians in Canberra about the solutions that work on the ground.
The Voice referendum has opened up debate in Australia. There is much discussion about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. Some comments are hurtful. Other comments or behaviour may be against the law. In NSW, both race discrimination and racial vilification are against the law.
You can report race discrimination or racial vilification to the team at Anti-Discrimination NSW.
Have a yarn with someone who might be struggling.
Get some fresh air. Go for a walk. Go on Country.
You don’t have to watch every ad or read every news story. Remember you can mute, unfollow or hide social media posts.
Racist comments and racial abuse are completely unacceptable. If you experience race discrimination or racial vilification, contact Anti-Discrimination NSW on 1800 670 812 for free confidential information about your rights and how to make a complaint.
You can ask to speak to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff member and have a yarn about your discrimination enquiry. If you think a family member is experiencing discrimination, encourage them to have a yarn with Anti-Discrimination NSW or call the enquiry line on their behalf for further information.
If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.
Help us to increase awareness of the resource 6 ways to look after yourself and mob during The Voice referendum debate by downloading our referendum resilience communications toolkit.
This communications toolkit contains information about the new resource and ways to promote it (including social media tiles).
If you would like to order copies of the 6 ways to look after yourself and mob during The Voice referendum debate pocket guide or poster, email firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Aug 2023
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