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Submission Number
2159
Participant
Radhika & Michael Santhanam-Martin
Submission date

We are settler Australians who are proud to live in a country with an ancient human history. Australian Aboriginal cultures are the oldest living cultures we have on earth.

We accept the invitation of the Uluru Statement to walk together to a better Australia. Now is the time to recognise the primacy of Indigenious soverignty in this country, through appropriate recognition in the Australian constitution. It is important that this recognition be enshrined in the constitution, and not merely in legislation, so that it is protected from the ebb and flow of parliamentary politics.

Constitutional recognition can provide the foundation for truth-telling and treaty-making. We don't know where this process will lead, but we know that the process must begin in order for this country to move forward in truth and justice. It may be that settler Australian will be called upon to forego some rights and privileges as part of this process, and we are willing to explore that path.

We must not let fear of the unknown hold us back from the calling of this historic moment, which is an invitation to liberation for all of us.