‘National Reconciliation Week—27 May to 3 June—is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.’
Nobody could fail to miss that in his first words as the new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese committed to the ‘Uluru Statement from the heart' in full. The Statement highlights three key objectives – a voice to Parliament, treaty, and truth.
In the statement First Nations Peoples call for a First Nations voice to Parliament – a permanent body representing First Nations people at the highest level of government and that the voice should be enshrined in the constitution so it cannot be removed by future governments. https://ulurustatement.org/
The Prime Minister on behalf of the Labour Party, in committing to the Statement, offered a lead for all Australians to follow and cause to hope that the referendum will occur soon.
During Reconciliation Week AARE members, like all Australians, are asked to ‘make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise’.
AARE reflects how it is timely for our organisation to provide additional focus on the dire state of Indigenous education during the current push to equity through full implementation of the Uluru Statement and the subsequent enshrined mandate in the constitution.
Finally, AARE will be an active and determined voice among, hopefully many, associations and professional groups encouraging the new government to press forward with the Referendum as a matter of urgency.
Wishing all members an active, inspiring week.
President and Executive of AARE