March 22, 2021
I hear and acknowledge the Uluru Statement from the Heart and respect the rights and traditions of the original people of this land.
Many politicians talk the talk about 'roads to healing' and so on, but that road has been exceedingly long and hard, and we have yet to arrive at that place called 'Healing'.
Now, however, we have been presented with The Uluru Statement from the Heart. It is a simple, heartfelt document from those whose land was stolen two hundred years ago, which lays down clear directions about that very pathway to reparation and healing that we have been talking about for so long.
Australia must support her First Nations People by enabling 'that Voice' to have a say about laws that specifically affect First Nations People, and for that Voice to be built into and protected by the Australian Constitution.
Once a model for this Voice has been settled, the Government must honour its election commitment to a referendum.
Legislation for the Voice must be passed immediately after a positive result from the referendum.
The membership model for the National Voice needs to include previously unheard representatives of First Nations people, including gender and age-diverse people from across the diaspora of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Let us not miss the opportunity to engage with this sophisticated approach to peace-making, through truth-telling and problem-solving with the world's oldest living culture.