Drummond Street Services, an organisation deeply committed to social justice and equality, stands for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
Our support for a Yes vote is underpinned by our core values of justice, solidarity, and accountability. We acknowledge the historical and continued injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and we recognise that the land on which we work is stolen land that was never ceded. We stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in their fight for treaty, land rights, and justice.
We are critical of the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament, understanding its limitations and the criticisms it has faced from various quarters. We know there are many in our communities, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, who argue that Voice without Treaty and Truth-telling will not offer the real and transformative power needed.
However, we firmly believe that a Yes vote is a strategic step towards reconciliation and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This critical Yes vote is an opportunity to build momentum for substantive change and challenge the racism that underlies opposition to the Voice.
Regardless of the outcome of the referendum on the Voice, Drummond Street Services remains steadfast in our commitment to continue the fight for treaty, land rights, and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We view this referendum as a critical step in the journey towards reconciliation, justice, and a better future for all Australians.
Always Was, Always Will Be.