I am a non-aboriginal woman, 28 years old, who lives and works on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people. I am a descendent of early South Australian colonists/invaders and immigrants.
I support a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution as set out in the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
The Uluru Statement of the Heart is a compelling, considered and heartfelt statement of what is needed to allow aboriginal and non-aboriginal Australia’s to move forward together. It was an extraordinary collective effort by of our First Nations, the Federal Government ignored the statement and the work that went into the statement.
In my view the implementation of the Uluru Statement of the Heart AND enshrinement of a Voice to Parliament in our Constitution is non-negotiable.
It is 2021, and it is time for Australia to have the courage to acknowledge it’s colonial past and move forward as a united nation with aboriginal people not being left behind.
It was an election commitment of the Federal Government to hold a referendum to ensure that a First Nations Voice to Parliament is protected by the Constitution. It must do so.
I strongly feel Australians will support a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution for aboriginal people which will then enable the Federal Government to legislate immediately.
The Federal Government must listen to the people, not to their personal values or opinions.
I am outraged that this Government has chosen to ignore the compelling joint request of aboriginal people.
Your current proposal for an Indigenous Voice in the Discussion Paper represents a refusal by the current Government to listen to Aboriginal people who have clearly set out the solution in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a lack of courage to take this essential step for a full reconciliation.