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Voice activist Noel Pearson joining Newcastle Walk for Yes

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In a coup for Hunter Workers, Voice to Parliament activist Noel Pearson will join Newcastle’s Walk for Yes this weekend.

The prominent campaigner and Indigenous lawyer is scheduled to take his place as a speaker alongside Aunty Tracey Hanshaw, Loren Collyer, Luke Russell and Tara Dever at Foreshore Park on Sunday 17 September.

Mr Pearson, the director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, has been a strong advocate for positive change in the lead-up to the referendum vote on 14 October when Australians decide whether to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution and enshrine a consultative body.

His thesis, based on his home community Hope Vale, was published in Maps Dreams History by the history department of the University of Sydney.

“I’m very honoured that this Sunday, we will have the opportunity to walk side-by-side and hear directly from these incredible speakers, including Noel,” Hunter Workers secretary Leigh Shears said.

“As unionists, we believe everyone deserves to be consulted about decisions and changes that affect us.

“The Voice to Parliament is what Australia needs to work together towards a better future.”

Hundreds of Hunter workers are expected to participate in Walk for Yes, culminating in a mass singalong of John Farnham’s You’re the Voice.

Supporters will gather at Newcastle Museum at 10.30am before proudly walking together to Foreshore Park, where attendees will hear from distinguished orators.

Walk for Yes speakers

  • Noel Pearson: Guugu Yimidhirr man, activist, lawyer and director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
  • Aunty Tracey Hanshaw: Awabakal/Gaewegal woman from the Justice Aunties
  • Loren Collyer: Proud Bandjin woman, Indigenous executive support officer for the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at the University of Newcastle
  • Luke Russell: Gringai Worimi man, chair of the Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee
  • Tara Dever: Wiradjuri woman, Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO

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