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Allies for Uluru Statement of Commitment

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On 14 October 2023, more than six million Australians said 'Yes' to walking together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for a better future.  

In the wake of the referendum, the Allies for Uluru continue to stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. As a coalition of civil society organisations, corporations and community groups, we are committed to demonstrating our full and unwavering support for the core principles of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. That is…

  • We recommit to actively pursuing the establishment of representative voices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; 

  • We recommit to supporting sovereign to sovereign agreement-making and treaty negotiations between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Australian governments; and

  • We recommit to actively pursuing a national truth-telling process, as a vehicle for healing.

We will not be fair-weather allies, we will not turn back, and we will not hesitate in continuing to fight for justice and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), self-determination is the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to be in control of decision-making that affects their lives. We recognise that this self-determination must be catalysed by the transfer of funding and decision making to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. As Allies, we will also seek to embody Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative voices in our own structures and programs.

As Allies, we must incubate our hope for a better future, yet more than this, we must join our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in building the future that we desire. We will do this by continuing to advocate for the rights and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Where we see pockets of hope or progress – nationally, regionally and locally – we will add our voices to those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, organisations and communities.

We call on all Australian governments and opposition parties to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to lay the foundation for a more fair and truthful relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. We believe that this will deliver a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, one based on justice and self-determination. In turn, we believe that this will deliver a better future for all Australians. 

The Allies for Uluru reaffirm that the way forward for our nation lies in accepting the generous invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and actively working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to build our shared vision for a mature, just and equal Australia.  

Signed, 

The Fred Hollows Foundation

ANTAR

Oxfam Australia

Australian Council of Social Services

Settlement Services International

Perinatal Wellbeing Centre

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health

University of Divinity

Sydney Peace Foundation

Health Voyage Ltd

HIPA International Pty Ltd

Koala Action Inc.

UnitingCare Australia

Australian Conservation Foundation

Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Australian Lawyers Alliance

Uniting Church in Australia Assembly

Uniting Church in Australia - Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

Shoalhaven Alliance for Yes23

SEARCH Foundation

Health Justice Australia

Beyond Blue

ANTaR ACT

Public Health Association of Australia

Mental Health Australia

Sacred Heart Mission

Reconciliation NSW

IWDA

Palliative Care Australia

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The Wilderness Society

Edmund Rice Centre for Justice

Dataspace Insight Pty Ltd

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Speaking Up For You

ANTaR Queensland

West Australian Council of Social Service

Catholic Social Services Australia

Infoxchange

WWF-Australia

Save the Children Australia/54 reasons

Voice from the Heart Alliance 

Women’s Reconciliation Network

Wynnum Manly Yes Group

Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace

Cohealth

Consumers of Mental Health WA

One World Centre

Tearfund

Australian Democracy Network

Aboriginal Education Coordinator - NSW Teachers Federation

Benarrawa Community Development Association

SGS Economics and Planning

Indigenous Eye Health Unit, The University of Melbourne

Mission Australia

ANTaR Victoria

 

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