The starting point for the RepresentUs Movement’s policy position towards our First Nations peoples’ is to acknowledge and underline the enormous and positive benefit that the collective cultural wisdom, experience and stewardship that our First Nations peoples contribute to our communities and our nation. The First Nations looked after and protected our environment for well over sixty millennia and recent archeological finds in Western Victoria suggest the First Nations have walked on this land for longer than 120,000 years.
Listening to our First Nations legitimate aspirations and responding in good faith, learning from how our First Nations treated our environment, and their traditional sense of community are all things worthy of reflecting in a fuller expression of Australian nationhood. The RepresentUs Movement acknowledges that in traditional indigenous Australian society, community sharing and social resource usage was integral to many Aboriginal nations. At a time of unaffordable housing and social inequity there is a lot we can learn from the First Nations about how to manage social equity in modern Australia.
The RepresentUs Movement affirms the important messages of caring, respect and truth telling that the Uluru Declaration has for all Australians. By supporting the First Nation people protecting their legitimate right to country, their culture and values we also support all of us being – and becoming - better than our nation’s past. We do this by acknowledging the First Nation’s contribution to our society, our culture, our rights and our nation.
In the spirit of the Uluru Declaration the RepresentUs Movement affirms the following policy positions:
The RepresentUs Movement believes that the legitimate grievances and aspirations of all First Nations people’s will be best served by the establishment of an independent Makarrata Commission managed and controlled by duly qualified and elected First Nation representatives.
The independence of this ‘voice’ and ‘action’ for our First Nation’s peoples must be protected by specific reference to it within the Australian Constitution. We further believe that the independence of this body must be protected by providing it with the necessary human and financial resources, which should also include managing all existing federal, state and local council resources currently dedicated to all First Nation policy initiatives so it can: