I wholeheartedly endorse the Uluru Statement from the Heart, starting with a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament. I am presently involved in Truth Telling and Truth Hearing Forums where with other non-indigenous Australians we can hear and begin to understand the invader/settler violence, damage and denial affecting original peoples, land and all forms of life on this continent of Australia. We are confronted with the horrors of racism and how it starts in the hearts of each of us. The colonising mentality that had led to little understood white privilege. This is wake up time for all of Australia and is a call out to the deep shame that exists in the psyche of most Australian Caucasians. The graciousness and acceptance of the Indigenous people that invites us to walk together should not go unheard any longer.
Our Australian Identity is incomplete while our history is unaddressed.
The Government promised a referendum, I urge that it should be held and followed by enshrining the Voice to Parliament that precedes a Treaty. As non Indigenous people we need a treaty to legitimise our presence in Australia. The First Nations people need Treaty to recognise their dignity and prior ownership.
In these steps lie our identity as a nation and our security as a people together, respecting our shared humanity for all to witness.