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Cathy calls for community’s feedback to report

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is encouraging feedback to an interim report released today by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR).

The committee was established in response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which called for a First Nations Voice to be established. The interim report considers the implementation of The Voice, as well as proposals for constitutional change, truth-telling and agreement making. Feedback to the interim report can be made at www.aph.gov.au/jsccr until 17 September 2018.

“I encourage everyone to read the interim report and provide feedback about its content. I am particularly keen to hear what people think about the First Nations Voice, how truth-telling is related to The Voice, and what has been outlined in terms of a treaty,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan is a member of the committee and welcomed fellow committee member Senator Malarndirri McCarthy as the Kerferd Oration speaker in Beechworth on Sunday, 29 July.

“Senator McCarthy was asked what people can do to make a difference and she encouraged everyone to engage with this report and provide feedback,” Ms McGowan said.

“The committee has been told indigenous Australians want to have local, regional and national voice options. I believe there is great scope in Indi for this to be implemented to strengthen the relationships between councils and indigenous residents. This will help us take steps towards greater reconciliation.”

The interim report can be viewed here.

Ms McGowan said the committee would continue to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community ahead of the release of its final report in November.


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