The gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders which culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart is one of the most important moments in modern history for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. That’s why it’s such a shame that both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have ignored the statement’s call for treaty and an enshrined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice within parliament.
The Greens strongly support the Uluru Statement and stand with indigenous Australians’ demands for political leaders to take the next step and promote self-determination for our First Peoples.
If the government really does listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, as it claims to, then it needs to commit to the process outlined in the Uluru Statement. It’s time for treaty and for a powerful indigenous voice inside parliament!