With the 2022 election heating up, Indigenous leaders have challenged the political parties to adopt the recommendations of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.

Drafted back in May 2017, the statement was the product of lengthy consultation talks held between 250 First Nations Leaders at Uluru. The statement calls for a First Nations voice to be enshrined in the constitution, which can only be achieved through a passed referendum.

The push for adopting the Statement comes after James Blackwell, a Wiradjuri man and Research Fellow in Indigenous Diplomacy at the Australian National University, resigned from the Greens Party. Mr Blackwell had resigned the party over concerns that it would not support Labor in creating an advisory body for Indigenous matters, after Leader Adam Bandt told the National Press Club that it would be a mistake to have a referendum, if it is not led by a truth and justice commission and treaty.

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Produced By: Tahlia Kraefft

Featured In Story: Andrew Bragg, Liberal Senator, and Adam Bandt, Greens Leader

First aired on The Wire, Monday 2 May 2022