Uluru Statement architects on Australian cities Voice tour
Pat Anderson AO and Professor Megan Davis are about to embark on a national tour, spreading the word about the origins of the Uluru Statement and the importance of a Voice to parliament. (Image credit: Ben Fry / The Uluru Dialogue)
CO-CHAIRS of the Uluru Dialogue – the architects of the Uluru Statement – will hold a series of public discussions across the country to continue raising support for a First Nations Voice and equip Australians with vital information ahead of the referendum.
Starting Monday 18 September, Cobble Cobble woman Professor Megan Davis and Alyawarre woman Pat Anderson AO will visit multiple cities to talk about the history of the Uluru Statement and origin of the Voice proposal, including where it came from, why it’s needed and why it was the most endorsed option for constitutional recognition by First Nations Peoples during the Regional Dialogues.
Events will be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane.
The conversations, hosted by Uluru Statement signatory Kirstie Parker, further The Uluru Dialogue’s commitment to ensuring all Australians have all the facts so they can make an informed decision come referendum day.
Professor Davis said the conversations will be key for conveying the facts about the Voice and are an extension of the Dialogue’s grassroots engagement, including regional community events across Australia and online Yarning Circles.
“We know Aussies are ready to engage and find out more about the Voice and how it will improve the lives of First Nations peoples,” Professor Davis said.
“The Uluru Statement was the culmination of extensive dialogue with First Nations peoples about what constitutional recognition meant to them, and the resounding response was a Voice to Parliament.
“As the countdown to referendum day continues, we want to remind people about the journey that so many of our Elders and communities have been on to create meaningful change that will improve the lives of our people.”
Pat Anderson AO said the conversations will demonstrate how the Voice is overwhelmingly supported by First Nations peoples, with more than 80 per cent supporting the reform.
“This has come from the grassroots; from mob who told us that if we have a say, we will get better outcomes,” Ms Anderson said.
“This referendum is our nation’s opportunity to improve lives for generations. We are urging the Australian people to hear our voices from the heart.”
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