If you are planning to vote no on Saturday, you have probably already decided to ignore this piece.
That is fine; we do not claim to have all the answers or be able to nullify any and all concerns you may have about what the Voice is proposing.
But what the Voice is proposing is not something that should raise any concerns with most people.
It is, indeed, a significant change to our constitution, which is not something anyone under the age of 42 has ever been asked to consider or vote upon, and it is reasonable that may be alarming.
But the change itself will not negatively effect the lives of any Australians, as it only seeks to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands people.
It will not give them special rights over non-Indigenous Australians, and it will not allow them to write special legislation or enforce land rights claims.
It will create an advisory body to the parliament, that is all; a body that provides advice on the issues affecting First Nations people.
It needs to be enshrined in the constitution so it cannot be removed by future governments with different political agendas, and it needs to exist because First Nations people live more difficult lives than non-Indigenous Australians.
On a range of social markers across health, housing, education and employment they have been left behind and nothing we have done so far has been successful at addressing these failures.
The Voice will provide advice from the communities affected on how best to address them; which has proven an effective method where it has been tried elsewhere.
Suggestions that the Voice divides us, lacks detail, or is not supported by the Indigenous community is driven by a demographic of people who do not want this country to progress because it will not directly advantage them.
But the Voice will not negatively affect them either; it may just dramatically improve the lives of people who are currently worse off than they will ever be.
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