Northern Territory Indigenous leaders are urging remote communities to turn out in greater numbers ahead of the government’s planned referendum on a voice to parliament.
A historic meeting between the four Northern Territory land councils was held during commemorations for the 56th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off at the Gurindji festival at Kalkaringi, about 550km south of Darwin.
Executive council members from the Central Land Council, Tiwi Land Council, Anindilyakwa Land Council and Northern Land Council came together to discuss a range of issues on Thursday.
Australian Electoral Commission representatives addressed the group and discussed low voter enrolment levels and turn out at the last election.
NT Land Council executive members unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a referendum on an Indigenous voice to parliament, due to be held in 2023.
A delegation of members will travel to Canberra for formal meetings with Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney, Senator Patrick Dodson and Lingiari MP Marion Scrymgour.