Cheryl Axleby reads the Uluru Statement from the Heart outside South Australia’s Parliament in Adelaide on March 26, after SA becomes the first state to legislate for an Indigenous Voice.
We need a richer account of democracy within which to locate the Voice, to lift the quality of public debate about it.
Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney with Andrew Gee during a launch of the Yes campaign for the upcoming referendum at Lake Canobolas, NSW.
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First Nations Voices from regional communities was essential in designing and advancing the idea of a Voice to Parliament, and it will be equally essential in this upcoming referendum.
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The Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for truth-telling as a crucial step towards reconciliation. What does this process involve, and what are the potential promises and pitfalls?
Camels on Nullabor (at bottom right) supplied by State Library of South Australia B-7953. Other images are family photographs, supplied by author.
Sabah Rind’s great-grandparents, a Baloch-Afghan cameleer and a Muslim Badimiya Yamitji woman, had to battle the White Australia policy and the Aborigines Act 1905 in the course of their daily lives.
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The intent to keep the Voice to Parliament amendment away from the courts and under the purview of parliament sets it apart from all other options for Indigenous recognition.
Dancers performing evening ceremonial Bungul at the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land.
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Australian Governments must embrace Indigenous Nation Building if the Uluru Statement is to lead to effective structural reform and self-determined government for First Nations peoples.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land on Friday.
Anthony Albanese will propose draft wording to insert into the constitution an Indigenous “Voice” to parliament when he addresses the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land on Saturday. The Prime Minister is also…
Survey findings bring insight to the general public’s thoughts and concerns of an Indigenous Voice to parliament. What questions still need to be answered to obtain a yes vote in a referendum?
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One of the recommendations from the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice to parliament, enshrined in the Constitution. This would ensure First Nations…
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Recognition is about sovereignty, or how political authority is distributed. It can be transformative — not merely a symbolic step.
As a “Voice” that would allow Indigenous Australians to have a say in parliamentary and government decisions that affect them takes shape, it is vital it be enshrined in our Constitution.
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At a time when history is so contested, the gift of the Uluru Statement is that it provides a basis for redefining — and retelling the stories of — the nation.
It’s time for a new accord, with a summit led by First Nations people, bringing disparate groups together to help heal the nation and the land.
The mission of Voice. Treaty. Truth in the Uluru Statement represents very carefully sequenced reforms. A proper understanding of these should guide any constitutional changes.
The Greens senator-elect believes a treaty should be prioritised over a Voice to Parliament. But we believe a Voice can be a pragmatic first step toward deeper reform.
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There are many ideas on how Indigenous recognition can be achieved in line with the Uluru Statement from the Heart. We need to keep exploring them until we find one that will work.
Rather than continually focusing on the “gap” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, we should look at pathways to success within First Nations communities.
Slavery in Australia is not an issue confined to the past. It needs urgent action, and a key step is to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart.