The Uluru Statement from The Heart Explained
A First Nations Voice to Parliament.
The voice to parliament would be a representative body giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders a say in law and policy affecting them. Enshrined in the constitution, it would become an institution of lasting significance for First Nations and all Australians.
There are three key elements to the reforms set out in The Uluru Statement.
Only one involves a change to the Australian Constitution.
The Constitutional Change
Involves enshrining a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution that would empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Legislative Change
Involves the establishment of a Makarrata Commission. The Makarrata Commission would supervise a process of agreement-making with Australian governments.
The Makarrata Commission
Would also oversee a process of truth-telling about Australia’s history and colonisation.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart
We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.