The Australian Greens are today urging the Coalition to implement the Uluru Statement of the Heart in its entirety. This includes the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution, a truth-telling process and Treaty/Treaties.
"We are deeply disappointed that some members of the Coalition want to shut down and limit debate on the Voice to Parliament," Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.
"It is disheartening to see Coalition members are not listening to First Nations peoples, clearly ignoring the Uluru Statement. They are ignoring First Nations peoples’ repeated calls for input into decision making on issues that affect their lives .
"It is time for bold action. We are calling on all leaders to take the Nation on a pathway that truly listens to and respects the wishes of First Nations peoples.
"This week's theme for NAIDOC week, Voice Treaty Truth, clearly outlines the crucial role of a Voice to Parliament in progressing significant and lasting change for First Nations peoples.
"First Nations peoples have undertaken an extensive and exhaustive process of consultation to develop and present the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It is clear that they want a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution. There are other examples overseas of similar approaches that are operating successfully.
"We are urging the Government to outline a clear timetable for implementation of the whole Uluru Statement from the Heart. This includes a process for developing a national Treaty and regional and local Treaties.
"To be a truly reconciled nation and close the gap, we must listen to First Nations peoples and take meaningful actions, actions that they have eloquently outlined in the Uluru Statement."
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie; 0418 401 180