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Labor turns down volume on voice that must be heard

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I was raised by my single mother and have always been inspired by strong black women. I was reminded of these many formidable Indigenous women who have challenged and encouraged me to speak up for justice when I appeared on Q&A’s people panel on Monday night, during this NAIDOC Week. And it is why, channelling their spirit, I spoke out against a Labor plan that would circumvent the recognition of a First Nations voice in the Australian constitution.

Two of the women who have inspired me are constitutional law professor Megan Davis and Aunty Pat Anderson, both of whom ran the First Nations dialogues of more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in 2017, which culminated in the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart. But Labor’s proposal to legislate for a First Nations Voice, without holding a referendum to change the constitution to include one, would dishonour that statement.

Mutitjulu elder Rolley Mintuma joins Pat Anderson as she carries the Uluru Statement from the Heart last year.

The Uluru Statement calls for the establishment of........

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