I am a political science academic working at the University of Queensland. I believe in the need for greater political recognition of Aboriginal people and their right to participate more fully in the governance of our nation. The Uluru Statement sets out how this might be done. Importantly it was developed through a wide process of indigenous consultation and provides a pathway that shows what Aboriginal people would like to see in terms of improved political participation and how they would like to contribute to governance in the future. Their agenda emphasises the significance of peace making. This is important for all Australians not just indigenous people. If we fail to embrace this opportunity we continue the centuries long history of violence and trauma that has marginalised Aboriginal people and stains our collective past. We must listen and embrace the statement that they have offered us which sets out their wishes and hopes for a future system of governance that will provide for their meaningful participation. Constitutional recognition of the Aboriginal Voice to Parliament will ensure appropriate significance and political weight for this proposed institution and ensure that any reforms in this regard cannot be easily undone at a later date. This is an important means by which to further the processes of reconciliation with Aboriginal people in Australia. Please listen to the support that that are being voiced across this country for the principles of the Uluru Statement of the Heart to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
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