One of the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegations to Parliament House convened in mid-March 2021. The IEU’s delegates tell journalists Sue Osborne and Monica Crouch why.
Voice. Treaty. Truth. These are the three vital elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which invites all Australians to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people “in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”.
The delegation to Canberra, comprising union members from all over Australia, met with the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, to advance the referendum for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
The Voice provides a formal structure for Indigenous people to have a stronger say in their own affairs. “It is simply a representative body with democratic processes – it is the structure required to practise unity across a large number of people,” said author, activist and unionist Thomas Mayor, who convened the delegation.