What is the Uluru Statement from the Heart?
August 5, 2020
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission, to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Uluru Statement came out of the Referendum Council process that was established in 2015 by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
The Referendum Council built on previous work done by other committees and reports and was tasked with engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on their views on real and meaningful recognition in the Constitution.
The Council established 12 First Nations Regional Dialogues, which engaged over 1200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates on a number of existing proposals for constitutional change.
These Regional Dialogues undertook extensive deliberation of the proposals and culminated in the four-day First Nations National Constitutional Convention at Uluru in May 2017. The Convention brought together 250 Indigenous representatives from across the country to reach a consensus on the most meaningful and appropriate way to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the Constitution – a Voice to Parliament.
The Uluru Statement is an invitation from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to “walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”. It calls for structural reforms including constitutional change to establish a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution.
The Voice to Parliament will empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to have a say on the laws and policies that impact them. It will be a permanent institution that will provide advice to the Parliament and Government on important issues.
The Uluru Statement is a historic opportunity to reimagine our nation. It is our chance to come together to deliver real change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so they can take their rightful place in our nation.
Join our journey and be part of this important movement for change.
If you want to learn more about the Uluru Statement, check out our FAQ page.
Follow us on social media to keep up to date.