The first meeting of the Senior Advisory Group to guide the development of an Indigenous voice was held at Old Parliament House in Canberra today.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, welcomed Co-Chairs Professor Marcia Langton AM and Professor Tom Calma AO and other Group members before reflecting on the historic significance of the meeting.
“We have a unique opportunity in front of us to enact meaningful, long-lasting change for not just Indigenous Australians, but for our entire nation. And along the way, everyone will get to have their say,” Minister Wyatt said.
“We may not agree all the time, and members of the Senior Advisory Group may not agree with each other, but the advice they will provide to me will be invaluable and appreciated.”
“It is important that we remain respectful of each other – we’re here to grasp hold of this opportunity to create lasting positive change for Indigenous Australians.”
The Senior Advisory Group has been established to advise Minister Wyatt on the co-design process to develop options and models for an Indigenous voice to government.
The Group agreed clear communication is critical so everyone has the opportunity to engage with, and understand the co-design process. The Group also recognises all the work to date, and the need to ensure we learn from current and past models.
The Members will now consider the membership of the Local/Regional Advisory Group and the National Advisory Group.
“It was clear from the meeting that there is enormous good will from those involved to see this process work, we share a common goal to ensure that the voices of Indigenous Australians are heard and their lives improved,” Minister Wyatt concluded.