19 June, 2023
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) stands ready to strengthen community understanding and awareness of the Yes campaign for the Voice referendum.
At last week’s full council meeting of NSWALC, it was decided to formally endorse the Yes campaign. Representatives from the Uluru Dialogue have met with NSWALC Councillors and presented at NSWALC regional forums, however this week’s decision confirms NSWALC’s position and active role in the Voice debate.
“We have deliberately decided to take a stand and actively promote the Yes vote,” Chairperson Cr Danny Chapman said.
“This wasn’t a hard decision. We have long called for a Constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata (truth-telling) Commission. With recent polling suggesting a drop in support for the Voice, it’s important for people to hear how a Yes vote will make a real difference in Aboriginal people’s lives, especially in rural and remote areas.
“This month represents the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act in NSW. With the Minns Government support for a Treaty process, we are hopeful for a pathway forward that supports Voice, Treaty and Truth telling,” Cr Chapman said.
The rising level of racial discourse surrounding Voice commentary in general has concerned the largest member-based Aboriginal organisation in NSW.
“NSWALC will promote respectful dialogue, refer community members to support services, and provide tools for community members to be supported when faced with racist discourse or actions,” Cr Chapman said.