My dear brothers, sisters, friends,
I’ve spoken before on this very, very important topic of the Voice and the referendum. I am very, very clear, I will never attempt to tell people how to vote. People have to make their own decisions on this matter. But it is an important matter that needs a lot of reflection. It needs a lot of soul-searching.
It needs a lot of time to look at the principles behind what is happening. Our Aboriginal people have been voiceless in many ways. So, some form of the voice of the people being heard to me is very, very important. How that is done is what our society needs to decide. I have been connecting with various bodies and genres of groups to ensure that our people are informed and properly informed.
I keep hearing that people are saying, ‘I don’t understand’, ‘not enough people are talking to me about this’, ‘I am not sure what to do’. So, please reflect on the whole principles that we have as a community, especially our Church has some very strong principles on social justice, the common good, the dignity of each person, and how we are called to respect everybody and how everybody needs to be able to be heard and valued and given a voice.
Please keep looking. Keep sharing. Let’s keep informing everybody of how to come together and work as to how best to honour our First Nations who have been on this land for so many, many years. We want to honour everybody in this land. But I do believe we have a special place and a special recognition of people who have been here before anybody else and have been here for 65,000 years or so.
So, let’s work together. God bless you all.