Arts organisations’ statements on the Voice (part 1)

As the Voice referendum campaign enters its final weeks, some Australian arts organisations have put forward their views.

It’s a historic time as the nation prepares for the Voice to Parliament referendum on Saturday 14 October. The referendum calls on us to vote on whether the Australian Parliament will recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the First Peoples of Australia in the Constitution, and set up a First Nations body of representatives who may make recommendations to the government of the day on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As part of the referendum campaign, a number of organisations in the arts sector have issued statements reflecting their views. ArtsHub has collated some of these published announcements, and will follow this article with part 2 in coming days to add to this list.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).