First Nations Voice to Parliament
As an education charity supporting young LGBTQIA+ Australians to achieve their full potential, The Pinnacle Foundation recognises the importance of having a voice in the decisions that affect our lives. We know from our lived experience of the marriage equality plebiscite how challenging and stressful it can be to have our rights and dignity put to a public vote. We also know how empowering and uplifting it can be to have our voices heard and respected.
Barriers to education continue to exist for LGBTQIA+ young people, especially those from intersectional communities, including LGBTQIA+ First Nations people. Listening to voices from these communities will encourage better educational outcomes.
That is why we support the Voice to Parliament referendum, which would amend the Australian Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. The Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body advising the Parliament and Government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including more equitable educational outcomes.
We are proud to have many Indigenous scholars, alumni and supporters in our Pinnacle family, who are inspiring role models and leaders in their communities and fields. We stand with them and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their quest for recognition, representation and respect.
A message from the Governor of Victoria (Patron-in-Chief of The Pinnacle Foundation): Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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