In Athens, the heart of Greece, a strategically planned metro line weaves around some of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. These ancient treasures are not merely historical relics; they embody the essence of the city’s cultural identity, reminding us of the rich legacy left by our ancient ancestors.
Greek culture has undeniably played a pivotal role in shaping global civilization and philosophy. The metro system in Athens exemplifies how the city honours its past while embracing a progressive future.
The Voice referendum revolves around two fundamental principles: recognition and listening. It is a powerful acknowledgment of the 65,000 years of continuous connection to the land by First Nations people. Moreover, it holds the willingness to listen to grassroots solutions.
Greek Australians come from a proud heritage of embracing others with genuine warmth and acceptance, a cultural legacy deeply rooted in respect for philosophy and democracy. As part of the Greek diaspora, we have spread across the globe, adapting to new surroundings while preserving our cherished cultural heritage.
Every Greek Australian carries a migrant family story, contributing to the history of this beloved country we call home. Whilst we worked hard to build our homes and communities here on this land, we must always remember those who were here first.
I had the privilege of being interviewed on ERT, the Greek rational media commission regarding The Voice, I was also able to take the time to speak to many locals on my recent trip to Greece and very quickly it became clear to me that the citizens of Greece could not understand why there would even be division on such a matter.
The international standing was clear, and the question being asked was not why should the Voice be implemented? but instead, why not?
The proposed amendment should have been an integral part of the Australian Constitution from the start. Now, this is our opportunity to grasp this chance for healing and unity.
It is natural for any significant constitutional change to be met with a range of opinions and emotions. However, let us not be swayed by fear or uncertainty but rather embrace this opportunity to progress as a nation.
The Voice is simply the writing of truth in the Australian constitution. The Voice is not about granting special privileges; it is about recognising the inherent rights of First Nations peoples as the original custodians of this land. Embracing this initiative paves the way for true equality, bridging the gap that has persisted for far too long.
As Greek Australians, we should look to the integration of the metro with archaeological sites in Athens, there we see a true commitment to cherish the past while moving into the future.
The Voice referendum serves as a powerful platform for reconciliation, recognition, and respect. As we unite in embracing this initiative, let us remember that diversity is a strength, and together, we can shape a more inclusive and harmonious society for generations to come.
Alike the Metro in Athens, we must move forward as a country whilst learning to embrace and protect the rich history of the original custodians of the land. As the Greek community of Australia, we can do our heritage proud by remembering our values and teachings, being leaders of respect and advocates for democracy.
For many of us, our own families, grandparents, or great-grandparents embarked on a journey to build a life here in Australia—a life we can all be immensely proud of. Supporting the Voice referendum does not diminish the efforts or accomplishments of our families; rather, it aligns with the very principles that guided them to success. We hold Greece, our homeland, close to our hearts, valuing the profound history and cultural significance it represents.
By voting “yes” for the Voice, we have the unique opportunity to participate in a long-awaited and historically supported change, one that extends our hand in solidarity with the First Nations Peoples of Australia.
Steven Georganas is the Australian Labor Party member for the House of Representatives seat of Adelaide in South Australia since the 2019 Australian federal election.