Should a voice to parliament be in law or the constitution?15 February 2022 · Noongar Radio Breakfast · Politics · Noongar Radio Campaigner for the The Uluru Statement from the Heart Thomas Mayor talks with Noongar Radio broadcaster Mark Patrick about Voice, Treaty, Truth. Should a voice to parliament be in law or the constitution? Should a voice to parliament be in law or the constitution?The Uluru Statement from the HeartWe, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of thesouthern sky, make this statement from the heart:Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of theAustralian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs.This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, accordingto the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’,and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remainattached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link isthe basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded orextinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacredlink disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancientsovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innatelycriminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. Thiscannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscenenumbers. They should be our hope for the future.These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is thetorment of our powerlessness.We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our owncountry. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk intwo worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It capturesour aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a betterfuture for our children based on justice and self-determination.We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making betweengovernments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trekacross this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian peoplefor a better future. ShareShareShare ShareShareShare You may also like Is economics a science? Is economics a science? Noongar Radio Breakfast Professor Steve Keen joined Mark Patrick on the Breakfast Show to discuss how the economy works and why it may... Is economics a science?