Renewed promise for Constitutional recognition

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) congratulates newly elected Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party for its win in the 2022 Federal election.

Labor’s victory holds a renewed promise of the timely advancement of the rights and aspirations of First Nations people across the country. We welcome Labor’s commitment to the full implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

NSWALC Chairperson, Danny Chapman said NSWALC remains firm that a Constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission is the best step forward for this country.

“Five years on from the historic release of the Uluru Statement from the Heart we remain waiting for government to listen, respond and genuinely work with our peoples to address the issues we have said are important to us.

NSWALC is committed to continuing to work with all sides of Parliament to ensure the voices of Aboriginal people in New South Wales are heard loud and clear.

Our people want change; this is evident with the large number of First Nations candidates at this election. We congratulate all First Nations peoples who ran in the election and those who have been elected to the new Parliament.”

We also congratulate Wiradjuri woman Linda Burney, who will be the first Aboriginal woman to serve as Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians.

“Linda Burney will be at the Cabinet table when decisions concerning our future are made. She has the respect of Aboriginal leaders and communities and a firsthand understanding of the issues affecting our people.” he said.

Cr Chapman also paid tribute to outgoing Indigenous Australians Minister, Ken Wyatt.

“Ken Wyatt played a significant role in the establishment of the 2020 Closing the Gap National Agreement. The genuine partnership underpinning this agreement has set a new standard for how Government works with Aboriginal peoples and Aboriginal community controlled representative organisations.”

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