l write this as non-indigenous Australian born in Sydney in 1941 and I support
the Uluru Statement from the Heart,
lt must be recognised that Aboriginal people have never relinquished
Sovereignty of their land. Aboriginal & Torres Strait people have been
powerless since white people took over their country in 1788. We now have the
opportunity to right the wrongs of the past by giving them a long overdue to
Voice to the Parliament so that they can have a say in their future. There must
be no more Northern Territory invasions by the Army. Aboriginal & Torres
Strait people must be consulted regarding their lives.
The Government must honour its electio~ model for the Voice has been
decided. The Voice must be embedded in'\he Constitution through a
Referendum. The Govt. should launch a widespread bi-partisan campaign as to
why it is necessary for a vote to acknowledge an Aboriginal & Torres Strait
Islander Voice to Parliament. There should be enabling legislation for the Voice
to be passed after holding a Referendum in next term of Parliament and this
enshrined in the Constitution.
To ensure that as many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voices can be heard
there needs to be the opportunity for additional people to be elected as leaders.
Very importantly there must be a truth telling. Australians must be taught about
our dark and shameful history.
New Zealand has a treaty with their indigenous people as does Canada and
Australia should do likewise so that the First Nations People are treated with the
respect they deserve.