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NRL backs Indigenous Voice to Parliament

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The NRL has become the first football code in the country to formally support Constitutional change for the recognition of First Peoples and the establishment of a Voice to Parliament, two weeks out from the league's annual Indigenous round.

It follows decisions in support of the Voice by major companies, bodies, and fellow sporting organisations like Tennis Australia and, last week, the Australian Olympic Committee.

"As a proud supporter of the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full, since 2017, the NRL is committed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice," the league said in a statement.

"First Nations communities have deep bonds with Rugby League and are part of our fabric at all levels, from grassroots participants and fans to the Indigenous stars who light up the NRL and NRLW.

"The NRL has had its own independent voice since the commencement of the Australian Rugby League Commission. The Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council (ARLIC) plays an integral role in making representations to the ARLC with ideas and views on behalf of Indigenous peoples across the game.

"True change comes through listening, learning and taking action – and we encourage everyone in the Rugby League community to get informed by the facts, and use their voice, so that we can move forward together."

Last month AFL general manager of inclusion and social policy Tanya Hosch sent a memo to all 18 AFL clubs asking each to advise the league if they would support the Voice.

Collingwood were the first club to back the 'Yes' campaign, before West Coast followed suit shortly after.

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