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Candidates nominated for upcoming South Australian Voice

Dechlan Brennan -

A large number of candidates have nominated in South Australia for the six Local First Nations Voices in the upcoming election for the First Nations Voice to State Parliament.

The South Australian Electoral Commission said 113 candidates had been declared as nominees for the positions on the Local Voices after the 'Declaration of Nominations' was held on Monday.

The State Government said "sufficient nominations" had been received for all six regions, with 55 per cent of the candidates being female.

The Commissioner for First Nations Voice, Dale Agius, said he was impressed by the wide variety of people who are "clearly passionate about improving the lives of Aboriginal South Australians".

"What we've seen today is a tremendous group of people who want us all to do better when it comes to the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities," the Kaurna, Narungga, Ngadjuri and Ngarrindjeri man said.

"I'd like to commend all of those who have chosen to nominate and wish them all the best as they campaign to be a part of this incredible, once-in-a-generation opportunity."

The First Nations Voice will provide a direct line of communication between the state's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the State Government and Parliament, as well as heads of government agencies.

It will compromise six Local Voices, with the members of each Voice representing their region in the statewide body.

South Australian Attorney-General Kyam Maher said the Voice to State Parliament would be a "new way of doing things" which would hopefully lead to better outcomes for the state's Indigenous people.

"It's clear that enforcing decisions from the top down, without meaningful input and discussion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, hasn't worked and does not help to address the disproportionate level of disadvantage experienced," Mr Maher said.

"Listening to what these communities have to say, and factoring that voice into our decision making, can lead to better outcomes not just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but for the broader South Australian community as a whole."

Mr Maher urged all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South Australia to learn about the candidates and make their vote count.

Elections will be held on Saturday, March 16, with early voting commencing from Wednesday, March 6.

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