Statement from Professor Tom Calma AO
26 November, 2019
Statement from Professor Tom Calma AO:
I am honoured to accept the invitation from The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM Minister for Indigenous Australians to Co-Chair the Senior Advisory Group of the Indigenous Voice co-design process.
This is an important next step to articulate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are to be included in the decision making process of government.
As Co-Chair of the Senior Advisory Group my role is to listen and reflect the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to develop in partnership models for a voice.
Given the significance of this process and to avoid any perception of conflict I have asked the Board of Reconciliation Australia for a leave of absence while I undertake this work.
Reconciliation Australia’s role in supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart and constitutional reform remains unchanged.