Uluru Youth Dialogue co-chair Bridget Cama
The Uluru Youth Dialogue, co-chaired by Bridget Cama, is asking young people to "ring a rello". Image by Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS
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First Nations group wants youngsters to ‘ring a rello’

September 19, 2023

Young people in favour of a First Nations voice are launching a campaign to help others start a conversation about the upcoming referendum.

The Uluru Youth Dialogue, co-chaired by Wiradjuri Pasifika Fijian woman Bridget Cama, is asking other young people to “ring a rello”.

“A good chunk of the Australian population haven’t made up their minds, and this is an opportunity to talk through some of what they’re hearing, how they’re feeling, what their concerns are,” Ms Cama said.

“Young people have the ability to break down some of those generational barriers and just speak openly about why the voice matters to us as young people and our futures.”

She has dedicated herself to the ‘yes’ campaign because of her 12-year-old sister and three-year-old son.

“I want them to be able to live happy, healthy lives and have the same opportunities and outcomes as every other kid in this country,” Ms Cama said.

“But I’m also doing it for all of our kids, our jarjums and future generations to come, black, white and everything else. 

“I’m doing it because I believe this will make our country better and that it will empower our First Peoples and our communities, to have us be able to contribute to the solutions and take our rightful place in our own country.”

Liberal senator Kerrynne Liddle on Monday attended the ‘no’ campaign launch in her home state of South Australia, where she reported an attendance of more than 1000 people and delivered a simple message.

“No to division. No to risk. No to its permanency. Just simply: no,” she said in a video posted on social media.

In Perth on Tuesday former Indigenous Australians minister Ken Wyatt, who quit the Liberal Party after leader Peter Dutton chose to campaign against the voice, addressed a ‘yes’ event.

“The voice is absolutely important, it gives our people at the community, regional and national levels, the opportunity to sit at the tables of government at every level,” he said.

“It also gives them the opportunity to talk about the things that are important to them and that’s why I’m asking Australians to support the ‘yes’ case and vote ‘yes’ on the 14th (of October). 

“It’s absolutely important because I want a future where my grandchild walks as an equal with every other Australian and not face levels of disparity.” 

Speaking at the same event as her predecessor, Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney said she and other ‘yes’ campaigners will travel across the nation before the referendum explaining the voice.

“It is about three things: it’s about recognising the extraordinary story of this country, 65,000 years, it’s about listening to First Nations people and, most importantly, it’s about getting better outcomes for our people,” she said.

The ‘no’ campaign has found support from controversial Rose Tattoo frontman and former conservative party federal election candidate Angry Anderson.

“This momentous moment in our history is of such importance that it is timely that some of us, if not all, speak up and declare where we stand …,” he said in an online post.

Music icon John Farnham has already come out in support of the ‘yes’ case, as an increasing number of artists and public figures reveal their stance.

In order to pass, the referendum needs a double majority – more than half of all voters and four of the six states need to vote in favour of the proposal on October 14.

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