We the members of the MUA Veterans Association Victorian Branch, wish to make the following submission to your commission on the basis of our unions involvement over many years for the just rights of our First Nations People.We totally support the Uluru Statement from the Heart as it seeks constitutional reforms to empower their people to take a rightful place in their own country. Our Union had and still does have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as members. They were on the waterfront in the days when their people were treated as slaves, thousands massacred, their lands stolen, their children stolen, banned from speaking their own language, water holes and flour poisoned and thousands died from small-pox brought here by the early settlers.
Australia will be judged as a nation by the rest of the world on our human rights. Australia cannot move forward before the terrible past is put right.
Our request to your commission is that the decision is based on “not who is right “ but “ what is right for our nation”
Sincerely. Yours Maritime Union Veterans Association Vic Branch .