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Resources & Research Saibai Elder Aunty Dr Rose Elu wearing a dress featuring the crocodile totem of her chieftain clan Resources & Research

My experience navigating the Anglican Church as a Torres Strait Islander person

“I also often invite other Anglicans to see that Torres Strait Islander Christians are Christians in our own way. We seamlessly blend our ancient sovereign ways and knowledges as Traditional Custodians with the wider Church’s ways and knowledges. For example, as part of my baptism as a baby, my mum removed my clothing and nappy and held me up in the sea breeze to be sprayed, to first be blessed, by the malu (ocean). She then took me to the church for the service,” says Aunty Dr Rose Elu

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Why I am voting “yes" in the referendum: Jill Rylatt

“In my experience, the best way to find out what’s working and what’s not is to ask the people who are receiving the services. The Voice will be an advisory body, and when it’s up and running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members from the grassroots will be able to communicate via a direct avenue to Parliament about why ‘the gap’ isn’t closing and how best to close it,” says former nurse Jill Rylatt from St John’s, Hervey Bay

“I encourage all voters to read this proposed constitutional text because, at the end of the day, it’s the only thing we are voting on in the referendum,” (Reg Dean from the Parish of Bundaberg West in 2023)
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Why I am voting “yes” in the referendum: Reg Dean

“The proposed constitutional amendment is well worded. When I found out in the church presentation that Parliament will determine the Voice’s ‘composition, functions, powers and procedures’, I realised that the constitutional text makes sense. I personally think that it’s all good. I encourage voters to read this proposed constitutional text because, at the end of the day, it’s the only thing we are voting on in the referendum,” says Reg Dean from The Parish of Bundaberg West

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Why I am voting “yes” in the referendum: Aiden Wu

“I believe that the Voice will help enable more culturally safe and person-centred healthcare because we would be able to better shape the policies that impact us. We need to keep our kids healthy and in school if we are to later see them in university rather than in prison,” says Torres Strait Islander man and nursing student Aiden Wu from St John’s College within the University of Queensland

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Why I am voting “yes” in the referendum: Barry Kuskopf

“Indigenous peoples have ancient cultures and ancient wisdom to share, including solutions from the grassroots to address the inter-generational impacts of children being stolen from their families. I am convinced that the Voice to Parliament will allow these solutions to be communicated in an effective way to enable healing,” says Barry Kuskopf from Christ Church, St Lucia

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What is the Queensland Community Alliance and how is the Anglican Church Southern Queensland connected to it?

“I am aware that the Anglican Church Southern Queensland has been a leader in the Reconciliation space for decades — the ACSQ’s first submission in support of constitutional recognition was sent to the Federal Government in 2011, so your Diocese has been an active supporter of this for years,” says Devett Kennedy from the Queensland Community Alliance