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ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER VOICE

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER VOICE

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice is a proposal that seeks to establish a
constitutionally enshrined mechanism that will allow the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples of Australia to have their voices heard in the law-making process.


Queensland Muslims Inc. (QMI), the representative body for Muslims in Queensland
acknowledges that the Voice to Parliament is not only necessary but also a moral and
ethical imperative. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia have been
subject to injustices for centuries. Their land was stolen, their culture was suppressed, and
their human rights were denied. The Muslim community relates to this oppression as many
Muslim nations have felt the lasting and indelible impact of colonialism.


Establishing justice forms one of the core principles of the Islamic Faith, an obligation even
in the most challenging of situations. The Holy Quran says: “O you who have believed, be
persistent in standing firm for justice, as witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves
or parents and relatives.” [Quran, 4:135]. The QMI believes the Voice to Parliament will be
another step towards establishing justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As Australians, we pride ourselves on our diverse and vibrant society. One important piece
of our history has not yet been recognised in our constitution, and that is the 65,000 years
of continuous cultural connection to this land by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples.


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice is an opportunity for us as a nation to take a
step towards that recognition, it is an opportunity to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples a constitutionally protected Voice to have a direct say on issues that affect
their communities.


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06 March 2023
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