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Girl Guides Tasmania voice support for Yes23

Yes23 welcomes Girl Guides Tasmania to the ever-growing list of community organisations that are backing a Yes vote in this year’s referendum.

Girl Guides Tasmania (GGT) has a long and proud history of empowering young women and has deep connections into communities across the state.

Yes23 spokesperson Jade Appo-Ritchie affirmed Yes23’s appreciation for Girl Guides Tasmania’s support for a Yes vote later this year.

“GGT has for decades encouraged young women to speak-up and have a voice, and we warmly welcome their support for our campaign.

“They join a growing list of organisations that showcase the diversity of our nation and how Australians from all walks of life are coming together to support a Yes vote.” Mrs Ritchie said.

Linda Durran, Girl Guides Tasmania State Commissioner says that the Girl Guides are proud to be supporting the Yes campaign and see it as a real step forward for our country.

“Our group has over 400 youth members, over 200 adult members and countless volunteers strong, and all are in support of the movement,” said Ms Durran.

GGT CEO Katrina Spark says they are encouraging the guiding community to access the Yes campaign’s resources and continue to have conversations about the Voice and its importance.

“GGT is proud to join leaders of diverse Tasmanian organisations and endorse the call for a First Nations Voice guaranteed by the Constitution.

“This referendum is about belonging and we are proud to endorse the Yes campaign in listening, recognising and respecting. Let’s come together for a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all Australians.

Palawa Elder Uncle Rodney Dillon noted how the Voice to Parliament will help us to move forward together as one.

“Girl Guides Tasmania is a long established organisation, and seeing them come out strong in support of the Yes vote gives us a real boost. Having an organisation like the Girl Guides, with their key values of shared leadership and decision making, supporting the Voice is key to paving the way forward.” said Mr Dillon.

The Australian Guide Program is a non-formal education program based on shared leadership and decision-making at all ages.  It empowers girls and young women to discover their potential as leaders of their world.  In Tasmania, Girl Guides exists to provide a safe and inclusive space for all girls and young women to thrive.

The statement wording is below:

Joint Statement of Support for Yes23 by Tasmanian Community Leaders

In 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples asked Australians to walk with them towards a better future through the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The statement seeks a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament, and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission for the purpose of treaty-making and truth telling.

As leaders of diverse Tasmanian organisations, we endorse the Uluru Statement and its call for a First Nations voice guaranteed by the Constitution. We will be voting ‘Yes’ to a Voice in the upcoming referendum later this year.

This reform is modest, practical and fair.


About Yes23

Yes23 brings together grassroots organisations all campaigning for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a voice to parliament.

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