April 18, 2023


Later this year, there will be a referendum on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, through a Voice to Parliament. 

The TWU’s national committee of management, made up of elected officials from each branch, has committed to supporting the ‘YES’ campaign in a referendum. Here’s why.

We are supporting this campaign in response to the call of First Nations people who want our movement’s support for a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution.

Parliaments have made laws & failed policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for centuries; a voice enshrined in the constitution will give them a direct line to parliament to give advice on laws & policies that directly affect them.

Previous laws have often entrenched discrimination and disadvantage such as forcing First Nations peoples to work for free or below legal minimum wages over two centuries.

The minimum First Nations peoples deserve is that their voice be respected and listened to before laws & policies are made. 

At the TWU, we fight every day to give transport workers a powerful voice. The TWU has members who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and it’s important we all stand with them in their campaign to be represented and heard on laws and policies that impact every aspect of their lives. 

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