As a non-Indigenous woman, I accept the generous invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart as a strategic roadmap to peace, where First Nations peoples take a rightful place in our own land.
In 2016, 2017 the Uluru Dialogues was the first ever Indigenous designed and led deliberative process asking First Nations what meaningful constitutional recognition meant to them. There was only one proposal with consensus support: the constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations voice.
I am disappointed that the government is seemingly trying to decouple this process of designing an Indigenous voice from the Uluru Statement. The Terms of Reference should have included the actual request that the Uluru Statement called for.
I support a First Nations voice to parliament enshrined in the constitution and I call for the government to honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled.
Enabling legislation for the voice must be passed after a referendum has been held. I do not support a legislated voice prior to a referendum as this is replicating the status quo and not what was called for by the unheard voices of First Nations who participated in the Uluru Dialogues.
As a country, it’s time we get this right.