Queensland Law Society (QLS) has spoken up on its Council’s position on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament, ahead of the referendum to be held later this year.
In a statement released today, QLS announced its Council has endorsed the Uluru Statement from the Heart and supports the enshrining of a Voice in Australia’s Constitution.
The Council acknowledged QLS members, legal professionals and the wider community will, in good faith, have differing views about the upcoming referendum on the Voice.
It also recognised Australians will need to arrive at their own decisions on the issue, with an understanding of the arguments for and against.
“The Council’s position on the Voice to Parliament acknowledges and is respectful of the right of every individual to draw their own conclusions on this important issue, which will help frame the future of our Constitution,” President Chloé Kopilović said.
“It is also consistent with long-standing QLS policy positions, including our 2022 Federal Election Call to Parties Statement, and the position of the Law Council of Australia, of which QLS is a constituent member.”
Ms Kopilović also reaffirmed the QLS commitment to providing legal information and resources about the referendum, reconciliation and good law.
“We support the creation of laws which have sufficient regard to the rights and liberties of individuals, seek to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage and provide access to justice for all members of society,” she said.
To read the full statement, visit the website.