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Stan Grant to host Sydney Council Voice to Parliament town hall meeting

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Proud Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi, and Dharawal journalist Stan Grant is set to host a Sydney Council town hall event next month to discuss the Voice to Parliament and its impact on Indigenous people.

The City of Sydney event titled: Why the Voice to Parliament is essential for all Australians, will be held at the Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall on 19 July from 6.30 pm and feature a raft of First Nations elders, political and community leaders, and experts in constitutional reform.

­­­Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney will lead a host of keynote speakers including lawyer, land rights activist, and founder of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership Noel Pearson; and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The panel for the discussion is comprised of co-authors of The Voice to Parliament Handbook, journalist Kerry O'Brien and Thomas Mayo from the First Nations Referendum Working Group; Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney, Anne Twomey, director of the Radical Centre Reform Lab and senior lecturer at Macquarie University Law School, Dr Shireen Morris and Tribal Warrior Association CEO Shane Phillips.

Ms Moore said the referendum provided all Australians with the opportunity to come together and recognise the history, and ongoing relationship of First Nations people with the land.

"This is an opportunity to hear directly from leaders and experts on what the Voice to Parliament will mean for our nation's future and to learn more about this rare chance to make a major positive impact now and for future generations," she said.

The Sydney Council is hosting a series of events across the city over the coming months around the referendum, including the Sydney Come Together For Yes campaign at Prince Alfred Park on 2 July.

The City is also offering grant sponsorships of $30,000 for groups wanting to host the Voice to Parliament referendum and Uluru Statement of the Heart-related events.

Information about the grants can be found here, and applications close on 31 July 2023.

The Why the Voice to Parliament is essential for all Australians event is free but tickets must be booked through Ticketmaster.


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