Uluru Statement from the Heart

Phil Jamieson

Last weekend, Lawyer Phil Jamieson passed through Broken Hill on his motorbike, on an epic ride from Sydney to Uluru and back again.

“I’m undertaking this ride to promote the Uluru Statement from the Heart,” Mr Jamieson said.

In each town, he aims to meet and talk to a few people about the Statement who usually wouldn’t have heard about it.

The Statement from the Heart was made by a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders who gathered at Uluru and put their signatures to the Statement on 26 May 2017.

More than 300 community leaders and legal experts campaigned for a First Nations’ voice in Parliament that is enshrined in the Constitution and truth-telling about their history.

The Statement sought a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations people.

It was dismissed by the then deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, because it could create a third chamber of Parliament.

When John Christensen passed through Broken Hill to give his talk about the Constitution, he explained that the Australian Constitution currently sits in the United Kingdom.

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He said that any change to the Australian Constitution happens through a referendum vote, and four States must vote in the majority.

Federally, there must be a majority vote for a change to occur.

Mr Jamieson explained he wanted to give something back to the society in which he lives, and this is what he has chosen to promote and be a part of.

 

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