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Thursday, 07 November 2019

Cool response to Voice proposal

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia and the President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have expressed reservations about the Federal Government’s plans for what it calls an Indigenous voice to government.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt says the “voice to government” will ensure that First Peoples are heard at all levels of government - local, state and federal.

However the proposal falls short of “the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution” which was the specific request of First Peoples leaders in their 2017 Statement from the Heart.

President of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Rev. Garry Dronfield says he has mixed feelings about the Federal Government proposal.

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The Uniting Church in Australia has commissioned Claerwen Little as National Director of UnitingCare Australia in a service at Picton Uniting Church in south-west Sydney.

Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer led the commissioning service and welcomed Claerwen into her new role.

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