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Democrats support new indigenous political voice.

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DEMOCRATS MEDIA 04/362 MONDAY 10 MAY 2004 SENATOR ADEN RIDGEWAY INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON SENATOR LYN ALLISON SENATOR FOR VICTORIA JESS HEALY SENATE CANDIDATE FOR VICTORIA DEMOCRATS SUPPORT NEW INDIGENOUS POLITICAL VOICE The Australian Democrats have congratulated Richard Frankland on announcing the establishment of the "Your Voice" political party in Melbourne today. Democrats Senator for Victoria, Lyn Allison, and lead Senate candidate for Victoria, Jess Healy, joined with NSW Senator Aden Ridgeway in stressing the importance of more Indigenous people being involved with the political process. "Indigenous people have now become so marginalised from mainstream politics as the two major parties are seemingly united in a bipartisan desire to remove national elected Indigenous representation altogether," said Senator Ridgeway. "Richard Frankland and "Your Voice" have a hard road ahead in these volatile times but the impetus is now on Indigenous people to stand up and be counted." Senator Allison said the Democrats have a strong record of raising Indigenous issues in the Federal parliament. "If the Government goes ahead with its proposal to abolish ATSIC, there will be a greater need for more elected Indigenous people in Parliaments across the country," said Senator Allison. Australian Democrats lead Senate candidate for Victoria, Jess Healy, spoke in support of the party at today's launch. "I was born on Wurundjeri land and grew up hearing of the persecution of Indigenous people in this country," said Ms Healy. "I grew up watching people like John Howard continue these actions and I support any moves that will strengthen Indigenous voices in Victoria and right across Australia," concluded Ms Healy. Media Contact - Liz Willis 0417 410 506 News releases can also be sent by email. Please advise us if you want to join the email distribution list.