Our guest speaker at our meeting was Peter Kennedy, a highly respected political reporter in Australia. Peter Kennedy has been a prominent figure in the world of political reporting, known for his insightful analysis and in-depth coverage of political events. During his presentation, he shared the implications of a recent referendum that resulted in a "no" vote. The referendum results were as follows:

· 40% Yes

· 60% No While some areas like Curtain and Floreat voted "yes," the overall result was decisive, with a majority of "no" votes. However, it's worth noting that not everyone has accepted this outcome. Peter Kennedy mentioned the importance of understanding how Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders are living, highlighting a cross-country trip from Perth to Cairns, where he observed distressing living conditions. This experience emphasized the significance of being connected to the broader community. He also discussed the challenges in the referendum process, including the lack of detail on how the proposed "Voice" would work. Despite the referendum outcome, he underscored the need for progress and unity in Australia, reinforcing that we are all Australians, and that progress is being made and we must continue to close the gap.