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Drawing Together - a new art award with a value of $82,000 commemorating the 1967 referendum.

Published Friday, April 13, 2007

A rich art award commemorating the 1967 referendum and recognising the importance of enshrining equal civil rights for indigenous and non-indigenous people.

A national art competition offering generous prizes was launched today by the Australian Public Service Commission in partnership with the National Archives of Australia and the National Museum of Australia. Visit the website by clicking here.

Drawing Together…an art competition exploring reconciliation and promoting the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Public Service invites all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to enter what organisers hope will be one of the most prestigious art events of the year.

The 1967 referendum is largely remembered as a vote to end discrimination against Indigenous Australians and is celebrated as a landmark event in relations between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australia . In launching the competition, Australian Public Service Commissioner, Ms Lynelle Briggs, urged Australians to welcome, nurture and support each other in the true spirit of reconciliation. She also promoted the Australian Public Service as an employer that ‘welcomes, values and encourages its Indigenous employees to enjoy diverse and rewarding careers’. The competition is also promoting the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in the Australian Public Service.

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