Support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament
Support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the referendum for constitutional recognition of a ‘Voice to Parliament’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was formally endorsed by the Anglicare NT Board at a meeting on 18 February 2023.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation to the Australian people to work with First Nations people to create a better future. It is a gift: a strategic roadmap to peace, where First Nations peoples take a rightful place in our own land. It is a moment where all Australians can come together to realise our nation’s true potential.
A First Nations Voice, protected by the Constitution, will mean that agreement-making and truth-telling can finally be done on equal terms. With Voice, we can begin the journey of coming together after a struggle – Makarrata.
The Anglicare NT commitment states:
Anglicare NT is proud to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We accept the generous invitation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to all Australians, issued on 27 May 2017.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a landmark step to embracing our shared history and walking together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, towards a better future for all Australians.
We pledge our support to the two key elements outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart:
- A First Nations Voice to Parliament, enshrined in the Australian Constitution; and
- A Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement making between governments and oversee a process of truth-telling about our history, led by Australia’s first peoples.
Read the full statement here: Statement in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart