Academy statement on Referendum outcome

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges the “no” result of the Referendum 2023 is a deeply disappointing outcome for many in our community.

As Australia’s Academy of the Humanities, we are intent on listening to and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In our brief fifty-year history, we have not always got it right. In the wake of the Referendum result, we reaffirm our commitment to walk together for a better future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience, knowledges and practices are intrinsic to Australia’s national story and our shared future prosperity.

The Academy is committed to strengthening support for Indigenous scholarship. We are also committed to the Indigenous-led establishment of a new disciplinary section within the Academy for Indigenous Studies, which will come into being in November this year.

We thank the many Fellows of our Academy who have contributed to recent referendum debates and discussions, and to those who will contribute to the process of understanding and healing that must follow.

The Academy will continue to embrace the call for action outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart; and to listen attentively and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as our society charts a path forward.

About the Academy of the Humanities

We are the national voice for cultural, creative and ethical thinking. We promote the study and application of the humanities because recording, explaining and predicting the human story brings distinctive and diverse ideas to decision-making and contributes to a better future for all.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.