My name is Jane Mahady. I’m an actor, writer and educator. I grew up on Wurundjeri, Gadigal and Kaurna countries, currently residing on Gadigal. I have worked extensively for the Bell Shakespeare company both as an actor and educator.
Sovereignty has never been ceded. It’s time that Australians reconcile their past and make steps toward a better, more inclusive, more engaged and respectful future.
Autonomy and self determination is the only way forward. We need to give First Nations people the respect and autonomy that non-First Nations people expect.
Autonomy and self-determination are the cornerstones of self respect and personal freedom. It is imperative.
Australia must bravely step into a truer expression of our nationhood by acknowledging and empowering our First Nations people in the fullest expression possible, and that is by enshrining the voice of our First Nations people in the constitution.