A local council will fly Indigenous flags at half-mast as the Yes campaigners call for a week of silence following the Voice referendum defeat.
Sydney‘s Inner West Council announced on Sunday it would honour the request of two Land Councils that called for Indigenous flags to be ‘flown low’ after the Voice was soundly rejected at Saturday’s referendum.
In announcing the move, Inner West Mayor Darcy Bryne said the council was acknowledging ‘the sadness of this moment’.
‘It’s a time to reflect on how we will regroup to keep the movement for reconciliation alive,’ Cr Darcy said.
The Aboriginal and other Indigenous flags are set to flown at half-mast in Sydney’s Inner West Council area
In announcing the move, Inner West Mayor Darcy Bryne said the council was acknowledging ‘ the sadness of this moment’
‘The thousands of citizens who we have recruited to this campaign will not give up on justice for First Nations people.’
Inner West Council covers the areas of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville and roughly overlaps with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s federal electorate of Grayndler.
Along with the affluent eastern and north shore suburbs, the centre and inner west regions of Sydney were the only areas of the metropolis to come down on the Yes side of the equation, with the rest of the city joining the overwhelming majority No vote of over 60 percent nationwide.
As the crushing results came flooding in on Saturday night the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and the Central Land Council called for a week of silence from Yes advocates to ‘grieve this outcome and reflect on its meaning and significance’.
‘Recognition in the constitution of the descendants of the original and continuing owners of Australia would have been a great advance for Australians,’ the statement said.
‘Alas, the majority have rejected it.’
The statement said that the Voice was a chance for Australia’s ‘newcomers to show a long-refused grace and gratitude and to acknowledge that the brutal dispossession of our people underwrote their every advantage in this country’.
‘Now is not the time to dissect the reasons for this tragic outcome,’ the statement said.
The Inner West Council area contains the Marrickville Town Hall and largely overlaps with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s federal electorate
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said flying flags at half-mast would reflect the sadness of the Voice being defeated
‘This will be done in the weeks, years and decades to come. Now is the time for silence, to mourn and deeply consider the consequence of this outcome.
‘Much will be asked about the role of racism and prejudice against Indigenous people in this result.
‘The only thing we ask is that each and every Australian who voted in this election reflect hard on this question.’
The councils said they ‘would rest long’ but urged that Indigenous flags been ‘flown low’.
‘Talk not of recognition and reconciliation,’ the statement said.
‘Only of justice and the rights of our people in our own country. Things that no one else can gift us, but to which we are entitled by fact that this is the country of our birth and inheritance.’
‘Re-gather our strength and resolve, and when we determine a new direction for justice and our rights, let us once again unite.
‘Let us convene in due course to carefully consider our path forward.’
Affluent electorates in Sydney’s eastern suburbs strongly supported the proposed change to the Constitution, along with voters on the city’s northern beaches and inner west. Pictured: ABC map of Sydney areas that voted Yes are in purple, while No is in orange
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