Listen to the voices of the 3% and if you want to add your please do so here

Vivian Malo (Gooniyandi ) “I think it’s a complete waste of time, a complete waste of money, a complete waste of energy and focus… We’re in a position where we’re oppressed in our land and we’re talking about constitutional recognition?”

Lucy Rose Doolan (Wiradjeri) “I think when they wrote that constitution they didn’t expect our people to be around – we weren’t included in it then so why should we fight for recognition now…”

Joanne McGuinness (Wiradjuri and Gunditjmara) ” I believe in community control and self determination – it’s the way to go … the government needs to let us control our way”

Pekeri Ruska (Goenpul/Yuggera)  “I think it’s very tokenistic, just like Kevin Rudd’s apology was, and it’s really not going to do anything to advance the position of Aboriginal people in this country…”

Robert Thorpe (Krautungalung people of the Gunnai Nation) “Asking aboriginal people to be part of your racist white only policy constitution 200 years later is an insult…. We want nothing to do with it.”

Meriki Onus (Gunnai and Gunditjmara) “Why would we ask the permission of Australian people to be written into their constitution so they can further control our lives? I actually don’t want anything to do with that.”

 

Rory Shaw (Yorta Yorta) “We’ve survived 227 years and we’re still here today, we should be uniting as one”

Stephen J Thorpe (Gunnai and Gunditjmara) “We lived in peace and love…that’s what we need to get back to. Recognise is about assimilation and genocide, that’s what I believe it’s about.”