It’s time to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution through a Voice

South Asians for Voice

Recognition, reconciliation and respect.
This year, let’s vote Yes
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Why Vote Yes

The Voice referendum is an initiative of, and supported by, over 80% of First Nations peoples. Constitutional recognition is about an acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as first Australians – custodians of 65,000 years of living culture. The Australian Constitution is a living document that needs updating, given it was developed when Australia had a White Australia Policy, and when First Nations peoples could not vote. Having a voice directly to Parliament is a step to repairing policy processes that have failed First Nations Peoples. As South Asian migrants we understand and support the value of recognition and respect to address the impact of colonisation.
All pledges to date:
Kersh Siva Sri Lankan Tamil
Resh Siva Sri Lankan Tamil
Indu Chandra Indian
Shiva C Fiji Indian

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Show your support on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament by clicking the button below to pledge to vote yes.

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is unlawful, cruel, or disrespectful to anyone.
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Share your reason for voting YES in a 60–second video in your preferred language. See below the instructions on how to best record your video

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About Us

South Asians for Voice is a group of individuals from across the country who care about creating a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

We are non-political. Our goal is to work with our own communities to make a thoughtful choice to support the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and to be part of making Australia the kind of home we can all continue to be proud of.

We’re doing this by

  • Making information accessible, relevant, and in-language, and
  • Utilising our vast networks to spread messages of support, respect and hope.

Indu Balachandran

Indu Balachandran is a Global Atlantic Fellow and a senior executive and non-executive director in the social-purpose sector. Indu seeks to effect systems change for social and cultural equity. She is Tamil-Indian-Australian and plays the veena and writes

Durkhanai Ayubi

Durkhanai Ayubi is an Afghan born writer and restaurateur alongside her family. She believes in addressing systemic injustice through rewriting and reclaiming the narratives that displace people as owners of their own lives.

Kersherka Sivakumaran

Kersh is a 2nd gen Sri Lankan immigrant, passionate about how to tell stories that drive change in a way that is impactful, meaningful and culturally safe. Her latest production 'Behind Closed Doors' is an example talking about Domestic Violence in the South Asian community free of shame and judgement.

Shiva Chandra

Shiva Chandra is a sociologist who works in Sydney. His research explores personal life, youth, LGBTQ+ experiences, race, and decolonisation. Shiva believes academic work should co-exist with a social responsibility to give back to others.

Sukhmani Khorana

Sukhmani Khorana is an academic and writer based at UNSW, Sydney. She is passionate about agency in storytelling for people of colour and facilitating solidarities among disadvantaged communities.

South Asians
for Voice

Recognition, reconciliation

and respect.

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We also acknowledge that we, and our community members are continually learning about Indigenous peoples and experiences, with room for ongoing growth and development. This website tries to use inclusive, restorative and non-derogatory language. Many of the commonly used words and phrases in different languages may have shortcomings and we hope that no one feels excluded, misrepresented or offended. Please feel free to tell us your feedback about the website and how we could improve it by emailing us at
South Asians for Voice acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.
We recognise sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.
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