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TIO supports the Voice to Parliament

On Tuesday 25 July 2023 the TIO Board announced TIO’s support for the Voice to Parliament. The TIO supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and accepts its generous invitation to walk together with Australia’s First Nations People towards a better future.

We support the proposed constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament as the first step in this journey.

As an Ombudsman service, we believe in the power of listening to achieve fair outcomes. We see our support for the Voice as a natural extension of the commitment to reconciliation we have made through our Reconciliation Action Plan. We know from our community outreach work with First Nations communities that listening to the members of a community is how to achieve the best outcomes for that community. 

Progress on reconciliation requires respectful and inclusive conversations. TIO acknowledges the diversity of views about the upcoming referendum on a Voice to Parliament. We encourage all Australians to engage with this issue with an open mind and to make an informed decision at the referendum.