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Make a submission in support of Uluru Statement

Posted 13 May 2018 12:00PM

 

There are just four weeks remaining to show your support for Constitutional reform and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Last year, the final report of the Referendum Council, established to advise the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition on options for constitutional reform, was handed to the Prime Minister.

The report followed an historic convention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people held at Uluru on the 50th Anniversary of the landmark 1967 Referendum in May. The convention resulted in the release of the Uluru Statement from the Heart which set out a clear vision to progress constitutional reform, agreement making, and truth telling. These issues are pillars of reconciliation.

As you know, the government rejected the Referendum Council’s primary recommendation for of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

While the government’s initial response was disheartening, the movement for change remains strong. Reconciliation Australia, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations, continues to make the case for genuine engagement with First Nations people to progress towards these national reforms.

Our next step is to work with the recently established Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to ensure momentum is recaptured, bipartisanship is built, and views of the public are captured.

We encourage you to make a submission, and call on the parliament to support the Uluru Statement.

With a Federal Election due within 12 months, we'll be continuing to push hard in the months ahead to ensure an incoming government commits to making real progress, and we'll need your help.

Reconciliation Australia will keep you up to date on developments, and how can you help keep this issue firmly on the agenda of our nation’s parliament.

Positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has never come easy, or without the support of the broader community. Reconciliation Australia will keep making the case for this change.

Thank you for supporting the movement towards a reconciled nation.

Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes
ACT PO Box 4773, Kingston ACT 2604
Tel: 02 6273 9200
Website: www.reconciliation.org.au

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present.