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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) NSW State Office, Level 20, 60 Margaret St GPO Box 4193 Sydney NSW 2001 Phone: (02) 92566100 Fax: (02) 92520374

Friday, 19 July 2002

OCTOBER 19 SET FOR ATSIC ELECTIONS

ATSIC NSW Commissioners have called on all Indigenous people in News South Wales to participate in the ATSIC Regional Council Elections in October.

This follows the signing of an instrument today by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Mr Philip Ruddock, setting Saturday, October 19 this year as the official polling date for the next ATSIC elections.

“All of our people over 18 years of age should ensure they are on the Commonwealth Electoral roll to ensure they can exercise their right to be heard through the ATSIC regional council election process,” Commissioner (NSW East) Des Williams said today.

“It is vital for our people to understand the importance of maintaining a democratic structure in Indigenous affairs through ATSIC,” he added.

“It represents our people at all levels.”

The voluntary October 19 poll, which is conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), will result in 71 Regional Councillors being elected to sit on ATSIC’s six Regional Councils in New South Wales.

Commissioner for NSW Metropolitan Christine Williams said she particularly wanted to encourage young people and women to participate.

“These elections are voluntary, but more women and young people should be coming forward to cast their vote.”

These elections will see the second ever fully elected Board of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in place by the end of the year.

“ATSIC, as the main advocacy body for Indigenous Australia, will continue to lobby for Indigenous rights at every level. I’d urge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to get involved and…..get on the roll,” Commissioner (NSW West) Steve Gordon said.

For further information: Commissioner Steve Gordon 0428253644 Commissioner Des Williams 0418494279 Denis Maher (Public Affairs) 0408432068

The right to be heard ATSIC Elections 19th October 2002

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