Warren Snowdon and Malarndirri McCarthy will be attending the annual Barunga Festival this Queen’s Birthday weekend and extend best wishes to the organisers and attendees.
This festival will be an occasion to remember the legacy of the late Prime Minister, Mr Bob Hawke AC, who died on 16 May and will be honoured at a memorial service at the Opera House in Sydney next Friday, 14 June.
Mr Hawke promised a treaty with Australia’s Aboriginal peoples at the 1988 Barunga Festival, but was unable to deliver on that promise by the time he left office in 1991.
The Barunga Festival will provide an opportunity for Senator McCarthy and Mr Snowdon to thank so many Territorians who supported Labor in the recent election, endorsing Labor’s support for a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Constitution and for an improved Community Development Program (CDP).
This morning, the Australian Electoral Commission declared the poll for NT Senate positions, confirming Malarndirri McCarthy as one of the Territory’s two Senators. Mr Snowdon’s re-election as the Member for Lingiari was officially declared a week ago.