Around 200 people attended our Forum on the Referendum for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament at the St Kilda Town Hall on 3 November for an informative evening. Following Elder Judith Jackson’s Acknowledgement of Country,
MC Leila Gurruwiwi introduced the speakers: Uncle Shane Charles, Co-Chair, RecVic, Ian Hamm, policy analyst and board director, and Thomas Mayor, an Uluru Statement from the Heart signatory and Voice to Parliament campaigner. Articulate, engaging, with different perspectives, they spoke of the significance of having an Indigenous Voice enshrined in the constitution as well as Victoria's Treaty process.
Guests included Martin Foley, the now retired Member for Albert Park; Cr Peter Martin; COPP's Todd Condie and Jordan Sutardy; RecVic’s Alex Mackay; Rec Stonnington’s Keith Gove and Ro Bailey; Mike Smith from Stonnington Council, faith groups, community organisations and local service providers. Thomas reciting the Uluru Statement from the Heart was a poignant ending to the evening.
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