Media Release - Wednesday 30 August, 2023

Common Grace welcomes the announcement of the Voice to Parliament referendum date and encourages all Australians to engage their communities in gracious conversations in the final weeks before Saturday 14 October.

As a movement of Christians dedicated to pursuing justice across these lands, Common Grace is calling for a Yes vote on a referendum for a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous Voice to Parliament and a sustained Yes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice.

Common Grace National Director Gershon Nimbalker feels the urgency behind this pivotal moment we are facing as a nation.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to step forward together for reconciliation and  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice,” Gershon says.

“I am convinced that writing 'Yes' is an act of lovingly pursuing a better Australia, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can take a rightful place in this country, a place where their children can flourish and their cultures can be a blessing to us all.

"This will be an Australia that more fully reflects God’s desire to see all experience the goodness he intends."

Wuthithi and Mabuiag Island woman and Common Grace Relationship and Storytelling Coordinator, Safina Stewart encourages us to be prepared before the referendum.

“When you get to the ballot box that day, I want you to have been informed, taken your prayer and discernment journey seriously, and considered what long-term impact your vote will have on the generations of Indigenous people and children to come,” Safina says.

“We have no more time to lose; it’s now. I don’t want to be discussing constitutional reform in the next 10, 20 or 30 years.

“I want our country and our communities to be living into the imagined possibilities and experiencing the tangible flourishing that this opportunity will bring. 

“I want this work to be a blessing for our children, so our children of today can be the adults that springboard from this historical moment on Saturday 14 October. I want them to be the generation living in the hope we’ve been able to set up for them today.”

Gomeroi woman and Common Grace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Coordinator, Bianca Manning, extends an invitation to all Australians to seek justice alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“As Aboriginal people, we can’t escape the path of seeking justice; our lives, families and communities depend on it,” Bianca says. 

“We invite you to join us on this challenging but beautiful journey of pursuing justice and God’s goodness, walking with us, listening deeply and speaking out in your communities.”

Each of us has a crucial role to play in speaking out in our communities and networks to ensure a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament is successful.


Explore Common Grace's Listen to the Heart campaign calling for Voice and Justice at