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  • Writer's pictureGregory Andrews

If you don't know: Ask your grandkids

Australians will vote on 14 October in the referendum on Recognition and the Voice. This is a significant decision that will shape the future of our nation and its relations with First Nations. As citizens, it's our responsibility to make an informed choice when we vote.

No campaigners have been saying "if you don't know, vote No". But if you followed their suggestion, you'd be voting blindly. You'd be outsourcing your vote to politicians. If you don't know, my suggestion is ask your grandkids.

Younger generations have fresh and open-minded perspectives. They are inquisitive. They are tech-savvy with easy access to a wealth of information online. They are better equipped to find reliable sources and news. Schools now teach Indigenous cultures, history, and Reconciliation. Your grandkids have likely learned about this topic in their curriculum and can share their knowledge with you.

Family bonds almost transcend politics. So your grandchildren can facilitate open, non-judgmental conversations about your questions and concerns regarding the referendum. They can provide a safe space for discussion and can help address any misconceptions.

By yarning with your grandkids, you'll likely discover that they are passionate advocates for the "Yes" vote. Their perspective will be grounded in a commitment to a more inclusive and just Australia, where First Nations peoples have a stronger voice in our democracy.

What ever you do, if you find yourself unsure about how to vote on 14 October, don't vote blindly. Reach out to youth. It's their future you're voting on. Engage in a constructive conversation, and listen to their perspectives. Together, you can make an informed decision that reflects not only your shared values but also the future of Australia.

My articles on Myths and Realities on the Voice and Why I'm voting Yes are also worth a read.

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