For at least 60,000 years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have lived on the land now known as Australia. The Uluru Statement from the Heart made we weep the first time I listened to it. I wholeheartedly support The Uluru Statement from the Heart and clearly understand the invitation to the Australian people from First Nations Australians. It asks Australians to walk together to build a better future by establishing a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution, and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission for the purpose of treaty making and truth-telling.
The History of the treatment of First Nations peoples is heartbreaking. I can hardly believe the callous disregard of fellow human beings. Human beings who were living peacefully and sustainably. Human beings who knew they were caretakers of the land for future generations. We've strayed so far from being the great caretakers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples once were.
The Liberal party, led by Peter Dutton, are actively campaigning for a 'No' vote. The Liberals had 6 years to respond to The Uluru Statement from the Heart and 11 years to close the gap. They failed. Campaigns are expensive. We need your support. Every dollar will go to The Voices of Bradfield's YES campaign.
Minmia is a Wiradjuri lore/law holder teacher of the lore down the women's line. Her book Under the Quandong Tree will give you insight into ancient stories and practical wisdom and a greater understanding of yourself and tolerance of others. It's become one of my most important resources.
Minmia has taught me to respect the earth and to know the purpose of everything. She's taught me to 'be boss of self' and to honour my calling. She also told me in no uncertain terms to 'Show Up! I'm incredibly grateful to have been touched by her incredible teachings.
My friend Julie and I met at one of Minmia's workshops. We have a deep respect for indigenous teachings and are hungry for the ancient wisdom they provide. This is a picture of us painted up before a 'letting go' ceremony. There's no point keeping any resentments inside of us to fester. I make 'letting go' a daily ritual.
It's a fully-bodied YES from me. Let's make history and get Indigenous recognition enshrined in our constitution. Let's have an indigenous Voice to Parliament. This has the best chance of closing the gap. The time to step up is NOW.
Kristyn Haywood - Independent Candidate 4 Wahroonga. Authorised by S. Crossman, 16 Normanhurst Road, Normanhurst 2076