30 August, 2023
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) welcomes the announcement that the Voice referendum will be held on 14 October, 2023.
“This is an emotional day for Aboriginal peoples,” NSWALC chairperson Cr Danny Chapman said. “We have waited six long years for the Uluru Dialogue to come to fruition and for the Australian community to join us in voting YES on a Voice to Parliament.
“Our Old People never had a voice – it was only after the 1967 referendum that we were recognised as part of the Australian population. The only way we had a voice was through protest, petitions and demonstrations. Now it’s our chance to make a real difference in the lives of First Nations people.”
Earlier this year, NSWALC formally endorsed the Yes campaign and has been strengthening community understanding and awareness of the Voice referendum.
“I would respectfully say to people who don’t know what the Voice is about, don’t just vote `No’ as your back-up position. There are many resources out there so you can make an informed decision.’’
NSWALC is concerned with the rising level of racist commentary surrounding the Voice.
“Please look after yourself during this time, and refer community members to available support services,’’ Cr Chapman said.
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