At Uluru, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people told us what they want from constitutional reform. Here’s how we can show our support.
Message from the Uluru Position Working Group
We, the Uluru Position Working Group, ask for your support for our people’s calls for constitutional and legal change in the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’.
We ask you to take the time to read the Statement, to understand its history, and then walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. The Referendum Council will report to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader on 30 June 2017 with its recommendations for constitutional change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It is urgent that all Australians make their voices heard NOW on this question, so that we can ensure that the path to change is one we can all embrace.
There have been roadblocks before in our nation’s attempts to achieve truth, justice and reconciliation. But we believe that with your support, that journey is achievable through changes called for in the Uluru Statement.
Please, join us on this journey.
Support the Uluru Statement
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.
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.