Each year, in July, the Indigenous voices of Australia become stronger as we all celebrate NAIDOC Week. A welcome focus on the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As a lawyer, my mind inevitably turns to the High Court decision in Mabo on 3 June 1992.
As a non-Australian (but awaiting acceptance!) it serves as a timely reminder that this wonderful land upon which I live was not discovered by my fellow Brits in 1788 but taken from the people who prospered before them (as was the case for so many other lands across the globe).
An unfortunate history of inequality, disrespect and disenfranchisement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples followed British occupation.
Trying to address those wrongs should be at the forefront of all our minds this week, but not forgotten next week or the next after that or the next….!
This year’s theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s Work Together and we are all invited to walk together in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.
I hope we all take up that invitation, recognise the truth of the past and commit to a future of walking together side by side on this land with dignity, respect, health, happiness and prosperity.