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University of Sydney Business School officially endorses Yes vote

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The Board of the University of Sydney Business School officially passed a resolution on 31 August supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart and endorsing a 'Yes' vote in the upcoming referendum on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

Professor Leisa Sargent, Dean of the Business School, stated that the move is "a welcome next step in the school's ongoing commitment to reconciliation and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."

The Professor also noted that the Business School has been operating on Gadigal land for over a century and considers reconciliation to be "core to everything we do here."

According to the resolution, the Business School acknowledges its role in Australian society, particularly as the Business School of Australia's oldest university.

The resolution reinforced the institution's responsibility to "contribute our expertise and influence to the betterment of all members of society," while also acknowledging the "under-representation of First Nations students and scholars in Australian business schools."

Danika Wright, Associate Dean of Indigenous Strategy and Services, commented, "I am proud that our Business School has said 'yes' to walking together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, and businesses for a better shared future."

The Business School's resolution also recognises the role of its external partners in the Australian business community, which has shown broad support for the Voice.

The resolution concludes with a commitment from the University to "Fulfil our social contract with First Nations peoples of Australia by learning from and partnering with them for a better social and economic future."

This decision by the University of Sydney Business School comes ahead of the referendum announced by the Prime Minister to be held on 14 October 2023.

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