Co Chair of the Change the Record Campaign, Cheryl Axleby, presents the keynote address at the annual David Hunter Memorial Lecture, 25 August, 2022.
There’s a lot to think about following the recent announcement at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land, where PM Anthony Albanese posed the draft question that will be asked to all Australians in a referendum to be held during Labor’s first term;
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced – at Garma Festival on Yolngu Country no less – draft wording for the referendum question to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament in Australia’s Constitution.
On election night, Anthony Albanese – the new Prime Minister of the just elected Labor Government – began his victory speech with an acknowledgement of Country and a reiteration of his commitment to finally give the Australian people a chance to honour the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
You know the feeling you get when something is bleedingly obvious, staring you in the face and because no one else seems to recognise it, you begin to doubt what you see?
It may not quite compare to Marie Antoinette’s supposed words during the French Revolution to let the starving masses eat cake, but the indifference feels the same.
I’ve taken a bit of extra time to write these thoughts down… the outcome of the trial of Constable Zachary Rolfe for the killing of Kumanjayi Walker has been a heavy cloud hanging over the last two weeks.
SA politicians are you listening?
We need more Aboriginal Housing!
This International Women’s Day, and every day, we are celebrating the courage, leadership and expertise of First Nations women, and calling on politicians to listen and respond to our calls for action.
Change the Record
With 26 January once again upon us, do we celebrate the National Day or do we respect and commemorate Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the longest living culture, or can we do both?