Catholics In Coalition for Justice and Peace

Blog Post

Australia will be stronger by saying yes to Uluru Statement

Posted 10 Aug 2018 10:00AM

 

Speaking at the 20th Garma Festival held on Yolgnu lands in Arnhem Land, the acclaimed Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan disclosed his own potential Indigenous heritage for the first time and he told the audience:

‘Australia as a nation, after 200 years, is faced with a fundamental truth. We are now entwined peoples; by custom, by humour, by friendship, by love, by work and by sport, in art, in music, in words, and through the land; in all these ways we have over 200 years found ourselves in each other. Black and white, we have become kin. We cannot be selfish. And because we are kin it is not possible for white Australia to pretend that it is not damaged by the war that so damages black Australia, that it is not crippled by the same wounds, that it too is not rendered oddly mute by the same silence.’

READ THE SPEECH IN FULL HERE