WALK FOR A KOORI VOICE

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WALK FOR A VOICE

Use your voice to support the establishment of a First Nations VOICE enshrined in the Constitution.

On Sunday 28 May 2000 hundreds of thousands of Australians walked across bridges to show their support for reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait people (the First Nations people) and to say SORRY to the stolen generations. This was a rebuke for then Prime Minister Howard's refusal to apologise. It was not until 12 February 2008 that PM Kevin Rudd said SORRY, in Parliament, when he moved that: 

today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations—this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

Let’s once again WALK, this time for a VOICE for Australia’s First Nations people.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart was the result of meetings of First Nation peoples throughout Australia which culminated in a meeting in Uluru, the heart of Australia, in May 2017. At this meeting the representatives of 12 regions discussed a wide range of options. They noted that in 1901 the Constitution ignored the First Nations people. In 1967 they were to be counted. Now, 50 years later the First Nations people want a VOICE, to be heard when legislation is considered which affects them. You can read, the short, Statement here:  (https://www.referendumcouncil.org.au/sites/default/files/2017-05/Uluru_Statement_From_The_Heart_0.PDF

 PM Turnbull and his Coalition government has followed the age old pattern: white people decide what is best for First Nations people. Turnbull and Co. believe that the Australian people would not support a VOICE. But a recent survey showed that:

A total of 71 per cent of respondents generally supported recognition, 34 percent of those strongly;

61 per cent supported the representative VOICE to Parliament, 24 percent strongly; and

58 percent supported formal agreements between governments and Indigenous peoples, 19% strongly.

The full results of the survey can be found here: (https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Griffith-University-UNSW-Australian-Constitutional-Values-Survey-Sept-2017-Results-2.pdf

It is time to make clear to Australia's politicians and Parties that for once we should HEAR the First Nations. It's TIME, once again, for Australians to show their political 'masters' what they think.

Please indicate your support for a WALK FOR A VOICE by supporting this petition, which is to be sent to the PM, the Leader of the Opposition, all political parties and all members of Australian Parliaments to demand that they support the VOICE for the FIRST NATIONS people. 

Feel free to contact you local MP direct to indicate your support for VOICE for Australia’s First Nations people.

 

 



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