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Submission Number
2519
Participant
ANZUUA
Submission date
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29 April 2021 ANZUUA
C/- Melbourne Unitarian
Peace Memorial Church
110 Grey Street
East Melbourne 3002
ANZUUA

THE AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION

Submission in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and an Indigenous
Voice to Parliament

ANZUUA represents Unitarian Universalist congregations across Australia and New
Zealand and is part of a worldwide liberal religious movement. Unitarian
Universalists beliefs include the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and
respect for the interdependent web of all existence. Our member congregations
unanimously support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the call for
constitutional recognition of an Indigenous representative Voice to Parliament.

Indigenous groups have come together and with great effort produced a roadmap
that can lead us all to a healthier future. We believe it is essential that the Australian
government accept the Uluru Statement from the Heart and use it as a basis to begin
the necessary task of healing our country’s wounds from the past. By embracing the
whole truth of our nation’s history, we can make progress to become an inclusive
nation.

We ask that our First Nations peoples’ work be respected and taken up with
seriousness and urgency and implemented in a permanent manner that cannot be
altered according to the whims of politicians. Constitutional recognition and a
mechanism for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament is a necessity for all Australians.

Accordingly, together, we support the constitutional recognition of an Indigenous
Voice to Parliament as one necessary step for Australia to start the healing process,
incorporate long-neglected voices into the governing process and become a healthier
nation.