Amaze accepts the invitation contained in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk together in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and for over 60,000 years, they have cared for this land and embodied resilience, originality and heart.
In addition to our ongoing commitment to reconciliation, we support the call of the Uluru Statement for a First Nation’s Voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the Constitution, in the way in which it has been asked.
As an organisation focused on working with Autistic people, their families and their supporters to create an autism inclusive Australia where Autistic people can thrive, we understand the importance of, and support the right to, self-determination.
A Voice to Parliament can be that pathway to increased self-determination and better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It will give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a say on policies and laws that impact them, through a permanent advisory body that would give advice to the government.
Excerpt from the Uluru Statement of the Heart
Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.
Structural change in the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is needed to close the gap and achieve better life outcomes.
October 14 gives us all the opportunity to influence that change, to participate meaningfully in a unifying moment for all Australians, and to make history together.