The Council of Screen Producers Australia has issued a statement supporting the ‘Yes’ campaign ahead of the Referendum.
SPA President, Tracey Vieira, said, “As an industry that thrives on storytelling, we understand the significance of amplifying all voices. We’re committed to advancing the screen sector while contributing to the growth and empowerment of First Nations people. Supporting the establishment of an Indigenous Voice aligns with our core values.”
SPA CEO, Matthew Deaner (pictured), said, “SPA stands with conviction to create a screen industry that is inclusive and representative of all Australians. The First Nations Voice to Parliament is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to genuine reconciliation and cultural enrichment.”
Screen Producers Australia (SPA), as the peak industry and trade body representing over 700 screen businesses across all genres and formats, proudly stands in support of the First Nations Voice to Parliament. We recognise and honour Australia’s First Nations people as the world’s original and oldest continuous storytellers, whose invaluable contributions shape our nation’s cultural identity through unique screen stories. We welcome the millennia of rich stories and valuable learnings held by this land and its first peoples who are inherently connected and recognise the importance of truth telling as part of the reconciliation journey we are on to realise a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.
SPA firmly believes that the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice enshrined in the Constitution is a vital step towards genuine reconciliation and empowerment. This Voice will ensure that Indigenous Australians’ voices are heard when Parliament deliberates policies affecting their communities, safeguarding their stories, perspectives, and aspirations. We acknowledge that the Voice doesn’t create new laws or control funding, but rather provides informed advice to the Government on matters that impact Indigenous Australians.
By supporting the First Nations Voice to Parliament, SPA reaffirms its commitment to fostering a culturally diverse and inclusive screen sector that champions authentic storytelling. We are dedicated to amplifying the creative voices of Indigenous filmmakers and producers, ensuring their narratives continue to grace our screens and enrich our collective understanding.
SPA recognises that this referendum proposal is a historic opportunity for national unity and reflection. Just as the Uluru Statement from the Heart invites us to walk together in a movement for the Australian people for a better future, we encourage respectful conversations and informed decision-making among our members and stakeholders. As leaders in the Australian screen industry, SPA accepts this warm invitation to walk alongside First Nations people, towards a future of equity, understanding, and shared prosperity.
Council, Screen Producers Australia