Pat Anderson has called on the government to support the Greens’ Makarrata proposal

Pat Anderson has called on the government to support the Greens’ Makarrata proposal

A key figure in the Voice to Parliament movement has urged the government to support the Australian Greens’ Makarrata Bill, which the party intends to introduce to parliament this week.

The bill would facilitate the establishment of a truth and justice commission, in line with one of the pillars of the Uluru Declaration from the Heart.

since the defeat in the Voice referendum in October last year.
Pat Anderson AO, Elder of Alyawarre and architect of the Voice to Parliament campaign, urged the Albanian government not to let the truth and the treaty languish.
“It’s been nine months since the referendum and there needs to be some momentum,” he said in his first comments since the Voice defeat.
“Our people are suffering from silence and there needs to be leadership.

“Nothing has changed since October 14. Change is necessary. Change is urgent.”

The Greens say they will work with the government

Outlining his party’s intentions, leader Adam Bandt said the government had “failed to offer any way forward” on First Nations affairs since the country voted against Voice.
However, Western Australian Greens senator Dorinda Cox said she was hopeful the two parties could work together to turn the bill into law.

“We have been waiting for the opportunity not only to speak our truths but for Australia to listen deeply to our experiences, past and present, as the world’s oldest living culture,” the Noongar-Yamatji woman said on Sunday.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney said Saturday that funding for the commission was still in the budget.
“The government has been very clear, and I have been very clear, that we will take our time to make sure we get this right,” he told reporters.
He said the government was spending billions of dollars on housing, education and jobs for indigenous Australians and said the truth was being told at local and state level and in the community.

“In my opinion, the process of telling the truth in this country is really underway and has been underway for a long time,” he said.