A constitutionally enshrined voice to parliament for Australia’s First Nations …

Comment on The festival of lights – and phones  by Statement from the Heart.

A constitutionally enshrined voice to parliament for Australia’s First Nations people is an issue of national urgency. The history of our federal parliament has been to design laws that have created dispossession, oppression, disease and poverty for Aboriginal people. This needs to stop and a key part of that is ensuring that laws are developed with advice from First Nations people.

This was expressed at Parrtjima by Thomas Mayor who gave a call to action for people to ensure the Uluru Statement from the Heart is an election issue and that we have a referendum on it in the first term of a Labor government.

The value of this issue and the importance of Parrtjima in communicating issues like this is priceless. I am not sure a cost benefit analysis would be able to therefore prove anything about the true value of the Parrtjima experience.

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