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Media Release: Australian Quakers call for action from Government on Uluru Statement from the Heart

Image of the Uluru Statement frm the heart, with signatures, surrounded by Aboriginal designs

Media Release: Australian Quakers call for action from Government on Uluru Statement from the Heart

 

The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, is calling for the Australian Government to fully commit to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Quakers in Australia from their early days in the 19th century have strongly supported justice for First Nations Peoples and their descendants.

“Quakers join others in the community who want to ensure a First Nations People’s Voice, a Makarrata, and Truth Telling are present in Parliament,” explains Julian Robertson, Acting Presiding Clerk of the Society. 

Indigenous leaders have regrouped and are developing further steps to have their voice recognised at the Federal level.  The Joint Committee on Constitutional Recognition has already received many submissions and held public hearings which reveal the ongoing concern of many Australians that we should “come right way” in our relationship between First Nations People and other Australians.

“We strongly urge,” Robertson says, “that these reports be received with openness and willingness to proceed with a formally recognised Voice at the Federal level”.

Submissions can still be made to the Inquiry until 17 September.

Robertson stressed that Australian Quakers will continue to promote all moves that will lead to an effective reconciliation with First Nations People.

“The recent moves by the Victorian and Northern Territory Governments to negotiate treaties with First Nations Peoples are another indication of the public interest in building a better relationship among all Australians. This is about our respect for those who have come before us, our legitimacy as a nation, and a prospect for integrity in our governance.” (Image credit: PaxChristi)

 

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 7:55pm