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The Uluru Statement from the Heart calls on all of us to build a better future by establishing a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution.

As Australia’s oldest charity supporting women, girls, and their families, Good Shepherd wholeheartedly supports the Voice to Parliament and the full implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

A Voice to Parliament is an historic step forward. It enshrines an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Australian Constitution and creates a mechanism for their participation in the decisions, laws and policies that affect their communities. It is also an opportunity to formally acknowledge and pay our respects to the world’s oldest, continuous culture, and their connection to their lands and waterways.

The Voice to Parliament is an important step in implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full. Voice, Treaty and Truth are fundamental elements if we are to right the wrongs of the past, turn good intentions into action, and build fair and truthful relationships with First Nations peoples.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart aligns with our values of justice and reconciliation, and our commitment to work towards these with audacity and zeal. Now that the proposed wording for Constitutional change has been put to Parliament for debate, we look forward to working with other service organisations and within our communities to share information, build understanding and achieve this milestone together.

We have been invited to walk alongside First Nations peoples, and we humbly accept this invitation to contribute to collective efforts, to deliver a future that is hopeful, fair and just.

Media contact:

James Lye, General Manager, Marketing and Communications