On 14 October, Australians will vote in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing a body called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
In September, John Farnham agreed to lend his famous song You’re the Voice to the Yes campaign, which is using it in an advertisement created by the Uluru Dialogue. Farnham said that the song had changed his life. “I can only hope that now it might help, in some small way, to change the lives of our First Nations Peoples for the better.”
Paul Kelly has also added his voice to the Yes campaign with the release of a single titled If Not Now, as have John Paul Young and Warren ‘Pig’ Morgan with a song called From the Heart, featuring narration by Jack Thompson.
At the time of writing, arts organisations supporting the Voice to Parliament include, among others, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir St Theatre, Ensemble Offspring, Live Performance Australia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, Musica Viva Australia, Opera Australia, Rubiks Collective, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company, West Australian Ballet and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Bangarra Dance Theatre expressed its support in April....