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To: Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal Australian Government
Australians Say Yes to the Uluru Statement from the Heart
We call on the Australian Prime Minister and the Federal Government to listen to the Indigenous Leaders who came together at Uluru from 23-36 May, 2017 and called on us, the Australian People, to walk with them towards a better future for their children based on justice and self-determination.
We call on the Prime Minister and the Federal Parliament to act to establish a Referendum at the next Federal Election to enable constitutional reforms that enshrine a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution.
We call on the Prime Minister and the Federal Parliament to establish a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations peoples and truth-telling about Australias history. We call on them to do this as a matter of utmost importance and healing for all Australians.
Why is this important?
Here is a link to find out more https://www.1voiceuluru.org/the-statement/ from the Indigenous Leaders who helped develop the Uluru Statement.
"In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future." (Uluru Statement from the Heart -May, 2017)
YES we will join you -
Australians let's get up and Say Yes to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Let's use our power to bring about change.
As identified by Professor Megan Davis (Radio National, 25.05.18), two issues identified in the Uluru Statement from the Heart are child removal and youth detention. These are two significant issues have worsened since the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) and the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report (1991) commissioned by the Keating Government (1991-1996).
It's time for concrete results. Recent statistics show that the Gap between quality of life for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian's is getting wider not smaller. Both of these issues are irrevocably connected to the lack of self-determination for Indigenous peoples.
Paul Keating ignited great hope with his acknowledgement of injustice towards Indigenous Australian's and enacted legislation to attempt to redress this injustice. However, successive Australian Governments over the last 20 years have undermined this hope for all Australian's and left us all more diminished than we were 25 years ago.
Racially biased Government legislation and policies have further undermined Indigenous pride and reenacted and reinforced the powerlessness of First Nations Intergenerational Trauma. Constitutional change and a Makarrata Commission could redress this national disgrace.
While this situation continues unabated Australian culture and pride is greatly diminished. As Stan Grant so aptly stated in a speech earlier this year "Racism is killing the Australian Dream". The only way to revitalise the Australian Dream is to deal with our unfinished business. The only way to revitalise the Australian Dream is to acknowledge that Australia was taken by force, to apologise for this forced acquisition and to redress this wrongdoing by enshrining a First Nations Voice in the Constitution. The only way to revitalise this Dream is to enact a Makarrata process that would allow all Australians to understand our history and assist in moving towards genuine reconciliation.
"And, as I say, the starting point might be to recognise that the problem starts with us non-Aboriginal Australians.
It begins, I think, with that act of recognition. Recognition that it was we who did the dispossessing.
We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life.
We brought the diseases. The alcohol.
We committed the murders.
We took the children from their mothers.
We practised discrimination and exclusion.
It was our ignorance and our prejudice.
And our failure to imagine these things being done to us.
With some noble exceptions, we failed to make the most basic human response and enter into their hearts and minds.
We failed to ask—how would I feel if this were done to me?
As a consequence, we failed to see that what we were doing degraded all of us. ...
We have to give meaning to‘justice’and‘equity’—and,..., we will only give them meaning when we commit ourselves to achieving concrete results."
Redfern Speech: Year of the World’s Indigenous People
Delivered in Redfern Park by Prime Minister Paul Keating, 10 December 1992