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Melythina Tiakana Warrana Aboriginal Corporation supports a Yes vote

Directors of the Melythina Tiakana Warrana Aboriginal Corporation (MTWAC) Board have determined to support a Yes vote in the referendum on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a Voice to Parliament. 

MTWAC Chairperson Nick Cameron said: “The Uluru Statement of the Heart seeks recognition of First Nations people within the constitution through an enshrined Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission for the purpose of a national treaty and truth-telling process.

“Constitutional recognition must not be just symbolic. We strongly called for an enshrined Voice to Parliament and executive government to provide practical outcomes to directly improve the lives of our people.

“We must learn from the lessons of the past and recognise things need to change to deal with the serious issues impacting First Nations peoples, such as ensuring children are born with healthy birthweights or empowering our young people to achieve their full learning potential.

“We call for a voice that provides participation in decision making on matters that impact directly on our lives. This will ensure better outcomes for our people.”

Aunty Patsy Cameron AO, a member of Melythina Tiakana Warrana Aboriginal Corporation's Circle of Elders said: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we shouldn't miss it. I feel strongly that we need to be on the right side of history.”

Dean Parkin, Campaign Director for Yes 23 said: “The Yes Campaign welcomes the decision of MTWAC Directors to formally endorse a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum.

“We understand this was a unanimous decision by MTWAC after engaging with their members and a Circle of Elders.

“We see this as a demonstration that conversations are taking place in communities across Tasmania about how constitutional recognition through a Voice to Parliament will deliver practical change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on areas like health, education and housing.

“Tasmanians, like all Australians, are willing to give fellow Australians a fair go. The referendum will pose a simple question and we believe that when people get informed, they learn that this positive movement will unite the country.”

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