Referendum Council denial deeply disturbing

The right-of-centre Australian Cabinet has rejected the Referendum Council’s recommendation for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' voice to Parliament. Join a call to Prime Minister Turnbull to reverse his position immediately.

The right-of-centre Australian Cabinet has rejected the Referendum Council’s recommendation for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' voice to Parliament. You can join a call to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reverse his position on this immediately.

Cabinet's rejection of the Referendum Council’s recommendation for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' voice to Parliament is deeply disturbing.

In May, a historic gathering of First Nations people produced the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples voice in Parliament.

This was followed by the Referendum Council's report that recommended constitutional reform to enshrine 'a voice' representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Coalition Government has, until now, not responded.

The Government has been promising to listen to Australia’s First Nations for years, and yet when given the chance their actions are the complete opposite. Instead, they are calling this recommendation too “radical”.

It is not radical to recognise that Australia’s First People should be at the heart of any decision made that directly influences them. Urgent action is needed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples recognition.

It is deeply concerning that Mr Turnbull could even be considering throwing this out of the window.

This powerful, authentic position by the First Peoples of this country cannot be ignored. Please help tell Mr Turnbull's Government to implement the referendum Council’s recommendation.

Rachel Siewert
Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues

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