THE HON STEPHEN JONES MP
MINISTER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES
MEMBER FOR WHITLAM
Around 100 local residents are set to attend the Shellharbour Community Voice Forum later this evening.
It comes ahead of the Voice to Parliament Referendum, to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution.
The event, hosted by Member for Whitam Stephen Jones, along with special guests and community members will be held at the Shellharbour Civic Centre Auditorium from 6pm until 7.30pm.
It will provide an opportunity for the community to receive more information about The Voice and ask any questions they may have. The forum will also feature a Welcome to Country, a reading from the Uluru Statement from the Heart by Taliah King, addresses by Stephen Jones MP and Yorta Yorta woman Dr Summer May Finlay, as well as a didgeridoo performance by Gawura.
Importantly, the Shellharbour Community Voice Forum will outline why constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through The Voice is a crucial step in the walk towards reconciliation as a country.
What is the Voice?
- The Voice will be an independent representative advisory body, made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people chosen by local communities.
- The Voice will give independent advice to Parliament and Government on the issues affecting Indigenous communities, which will lead to better outcomes.
Quotes attributable to Stephen Jones, Member for Whitlam:
“This local forum is all about providing people in Shellharbour clear and concise information about what The Voice to Parliament means for our community ahead of the referendum.”
“The Voice is about recognising first Australians in our constitution, as well as listening. As a government, we want to close the gap and fulfil our commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.”
To read more about the Uluru Statement from the Heart, head to: