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Boorloo residents gather to support Voice to Parliament

Emma Ruben -

More than 200 residents in Boorloo (Perth) recently attended a forum to show their support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament.

At the State Library of Western Australia on Friday Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Patrick Gorman spoke on the referendum process and historical significance of the movement.

In attendance at the forum was Labor Senator and Aboriginal Elder Pat Dodson, who said it was comforting to finally see the Uluru Statement from the Heart come so close to fruition.

"What a moment of liberation this is for all of us, the moment the referendum is declared we will feel the shackles of the past fall from us," he said.

"We will all stand with a clean heart and a clean conscience and we will know our country is on the path to a better direction.

"We the Australian people will make that decision on the day when we cast our vote."

The event was held one day after the Boorloo launch of the Yes campaign, at which some audience members voiced their concerns about the Voice and its ability to help deal with the state's high rates of Indigenous incarceration, child removal and suicide.

Mr Gorman said polling conducted at the end of 2022 indicated two out of three Boorloo voters would support the Voice.

"Each one of Australia's 17.3 million enrolled voters will have the chance to have their say on this question before the end of this year," he said.

"This is not a decision taken by politicians in Canberra, everyone has their say."

Recent polling showed that among those who support the Voice, 70 per cent indicated they would encourage their family and friends to vote Yes.


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