FAHS Council Declaration on the Referendum of the Voice

The Council of the FAHS stands for the principle of diversity. It affirms the FAHS’s continuing efforts to reflect the diversity of cultures in our contemporary society through our various collections and their catalogues, our publications, our events and other aspects and endeavours of our Society.

The Council acknowledges Indigenous Australians as Traditional Custodians of Country; is enhancing our Indigenous history in our catalogues, lectures and publications; supports the aspirations in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and the Uluru Statement from the Heart (2017) and believes Australia’s First Peoples should be recognised in the Constitution.

How to vote on the question of the Voice itself must be a matter for each of our members. Because of the great importance of this referendum, the Council urges that debates on the question(s) to be put to the Australian people be both informed and respectful. The Council recommends the paper produced by the Australian National University,  ‘Responding to the Common Concerns about an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice‘, 2023.

(The Federation of Australian Historical Societies acknowledges and thanks the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for permission to use this wording.)