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Leaders must campaign “hand-in-hand” on recognition

Native Title & Public Interest Law
Leaders must campaign “hand-in-hand” on recognition
Interviewed on SKY News, Senior Partner Mark Leibler tells Patricia Karvelas that once Cabinet Ministers fully understand the proposal for an Indigenous advisory body to the Parliament, he is confident they will support it.

Mark says the Prime Minister needs time to discuss the issue with colleagues because unless the major political parties support a YES vote, a referendum would not succeed.

“We need the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader up together, holding hands, championing this referendum.”

Asked about the apparent closure of the Recognise campaign arm, Mark said Recognise had done an “absolutely brilliant job” raising community consciousness around recognition.

He explained that the organisation had not been dissolved but simply folded back into Reconciliation Australia, the organisation which “has always owned it”.

Mark was also asked if he thought the same-sex marriage postal vote would “chew up” time that could be spent campaigning on recognition, a suggestion he rejected.

Mark went on to say he didn’t understand why simply enabling people to contract a same sex civil marriage was causing so much consternation to some people.

He contrasted the two issues of religious belief on the one hand and the ability to contract a civil marriage on the other, concluding that “it should just be fixed.”

To view the full interview, click play on the video below.