Murdoch University's leadership has thrown its support behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Yes vote for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
On Monday the University's senior leadership team signed a declaration of support for the Uluru Statement and unanimously agreed to give their personal support for a 'Yes' vote at the forthcoming referendum.
Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Deeks Murdoch University Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor First Nations, Chanelle van den Berg said in a letter sent to Murdoch alumni on Tuesday that the "decision recognises that as a nation, we are at a turning point in our history, with an opportunity through the referendum to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a voice on the decisions that affect them".
"The decision also reflects Murdoch's commitment to become the university of First Choice for First Nations peoples, and an exemplar in embracing and promoting and benefiting from Indigenous knowledges and cultural inclusivity," they said.
"This commitment is one of the cornerstones of our new Strategy, Ngala Kwop Biddi: Building a brighter future, together.
"While stating our personal support for a 'Yes' vote in the referendum, we understand there are many different points of view, and the University remains committed to our foundational principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech.
"It is important, however, that these conversations are well informed and conducted with sensitivity, respect and care. To that end, we have collated a range of informative and relevant resources and information on The Voice to Parliament, along with a copy of the signed declaration and our media statement, on the Murdoch website.
"Given our long-time commitment to empowering Aboriginal communities and promoting Indigenous knowledges, we are proud that Murdoch University is pledging to be active within the conversation about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament and is facilitating informed discussions among our staff, students, alumni and broader community."