Saturday, April 20, 2024

ACT confirms support for Voice

The ACT Legislative Assembly has confirmed its support for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

In a statement, Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was long overdue.

“…and the establishment of the Voice goes beyond symbolism to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the heart of our democratic institutions.”

Chief Minister Barr said an Assembly motion supported the development of an appropriate, factual community awareness campaign in the lead-up to the referendum.

“The campaign will encourage and support Canberrans to have a clear understanding of what the process of establishing a Voice to Parliament involves and why this is an important issue. For many Canberrans, this will be the first referendum they’ve participated in,” he said.

“Our hope is for the ACT to record the highest vote in favour of enshrining an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament in the referendum later this year.”

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