Good Shepherd calls on Australian Government to make Uluru Statement a priority

7 November 2017

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand has joined more than 1,000 organisations and individuals calling on the Australian Government to make the First Nations Peoples’ Uluru Statement from the Heart a national priority.

The statement, coordinated by the Australian Council of Social Service, urges the Australian Government to listen to and act upon First Nations Peoples’ recommendations in the Uluru Statement.

Good Shepherd’s General Manager Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, Dr Annie Pettitt, said she was concerned by the government’s clear rejection of the expressed wishes of Indigenous peoples.

“All peoples have the right to self-determination. For years, we’ve known empowering First Nations Peoples is critical to breaking cycles of disadvantage experienced within their communities,” Dr Pettitt said.

“It’s unacceptable that The Uluru Statement from the Heart, a document endorsed by an unprecedented Indigenous consensus, has been rejected by the Australian Government.”

On behalf of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, I urge the Australian Government to restore the right of First Nations Peoples to be decision makers in their own lives."