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ETU says ‘Yes’

Electrical Trades Union < 1 mins read

The Electrical Trades Union is ramping up its campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote at the coming referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament, releasing a new video of rank and file members explaining their support.


ETU member, Yunguubadijarri Yanner, is among those who feature.


“I’m voting yes because I believe  in the power of collective action and I believe there is no better way to fix an indigenous issue than by the source and voice of its own people,” Yanner says.  “That’s why I’m calling on all my brothers and sisters in the ETU to stand together and help make sure our voices are heard and our rights are protected.”


The video was launched by Olympic gold medallist and former senator Nova Peris at the ETU’s conference in Queensland.


The Union also recommitted its support for the campaign, national secretary Michael Wright said.  


“The ETU fights every day to give our members the voice they need to enforce their rights and build a better life. Exactly the same principles underpin the Voice to Parliament.


“We understand how important it is to meaningfully involve people in decision making and that’s why we are backing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, families, friends and communities in this historic campaign. 


“Australian parliaments have consistently failed to enact laws and policies that support First Nations Australians. At times in our history Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have had to work for free or below legal minimum wages.


“The very least we can do is support a ‘Yes’ vote and walk together to begin redressing historic injustice.”


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