Friday, September 14th, 2018 - Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia

The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, is calling for the Australian Government to fully commit to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

 

Quakers in Australia from their early days in the 19th century have strongly supported justice for First Nations Peoples and their descendants.

 

“Quakers join others in the community who want to ensure a First Nations People’s Voice, a Makarrata, and Truth Telling are present in Parliament,” explains Julian Robertson, Acting Clerk of the Society. 

 

Indigenous leaders have regrouped and are developing further steps to have their voice recognised at the Federal level.  The Joint Committee on Constitutional Recognition has already received many submissions and held public hearings which reveal the ongoing concern of many Australians that we should “come right way” in our relationship between First Nations People and other Australians.

 

“We strongly urge,” Robertson says, “that these reports be received with openness and willingness to proceed with a formally recognised Voice at the Federal level”.

 

Submissions can still be made to the Inquiry until 17 September.

 

Robertson stressed that Australian Quakers will continue to promote all moves that will lead to an effective reconciliation with First Nations People. “The recent moves by the Victorian and Northern Territory Governments to negotiate treaties with First Nations Peoples are another indication of the public interest in building a better relationship among all Australians.”

 

“This is about our respect for those who have come before us, our legitimacy as a nation, and a prospect for integrity in our governance,” says Julian Robertson.

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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia


Jacqueline Schultze
AYM Secretary
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
Australia Yearly Meeting Office
119 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
AUSTRALIA
Phone: 0423 308 550
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.quakersaustralia.info

 


Jacqueline Schultze
M: 0423 308 550
W: www.quakersaustralia.info

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