Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Day to Mark Harmony; Statement at Uluru Outlined

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Day to Mark Harmony; Statement at Uluru Outlined

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Byline: Ebony Stansfield Ebony.Stansfield@dailyexaminer.com.au

CAMPAIGNER Thomas Mayor spoke at the Harmony Day forum on Saturday at Grafton Showground and discussed the Uluru Statement.

Mr Mayor represented the region in the Northern Territory regional dialogue at the National Constitutional Reform Convention at Uluru.

"But I also am a Torres Strait Islander. I participated on that basis and that there are 13 dialogues across the country which culminated at Uluru," he said.

Mr Mayor said more than 250 Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders gathered from across the country at a "tough meeting" at Uluru.

"Seven of the delegation and several supporters decided to walk out on the second day," he said.

"But the important thing is over 250 remained and continued the discussion. Then people were selected in the workshops, working on the honorary statement during the night."

Mr Mayor said the honorary statement was read out on the third morning of the convention and received a standing ovation. …

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