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Uluru Statement: It's time for our government to show a bit of heart

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart is 417 words long. That's 2668 characters, or nine tweets. Reading it takes only a couple of minutes (you can find it at www.1voiceuluru.org/the-statement).

Yet many of its opponents don't seem to have taken the trouble to look at it.

The statement, drawn up by the First Nations Constitutional Convention in 2017, asks for "a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history." It wants "a First Nations voice enshrined in the constitution."

Anybody who works or volunteers for a community-based organisation knows that the strength of such an organisation comes from its ability to bring people together. That comes from giving your people the respect they deserve, which in turn derives from listening to and acknowledging what they have to say.

When particular groups of people are consistently not being listened to, not being acknowledged, the organisation has a responsibility to take action.

Ken Wyatt, Australia's first indigenous minister for indigenous Australians, recently floated the possibility........

© Canberra Times