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The theme for National Reconciliation Week this year is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’.

The theme encourages all Australians to escalate their support and advocacy for Reconciliation from the ‘safety’ of words, to the ‘bravery’ of action. 

Reconciliation Australia has outlined 20 actions that everyday Australians – First Nations and non-Indigenous alike – can undertake in our daily lives to advance Reconciliation, from calling out racism, to learning about and embracing our First Nations history and culture, and supporting First Nations economic and political participation. 

Over the past decade, we have seen businesses and community organisations embrace their role in advancing Reconciliation through the adoption and implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans, including the Australian Labor Party – delivering real and tangible outcomes in lifting up and empowering First Nations people and communities.  

Reconciliation must be more than words and gestures, it requires action. We all have a role to play: from individuals to families, to businesses, communities and government.

It has been four years since the delivery of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

Four years later and we need more than words, we need action. 

This Reconciliation Week, Labor reiterates its commitment to the Uluru Statement in full: a constitutionally enshrined voice to the parliament and a national process for agreement making and Truth-Telling. 

And Labor calls on the Government to embrace its role in Reconciliation and demonstrate leadership by committing to realising these aspirations of the Uluru Statement.

There is nothing to fear and everything to be gained by listening to First Australians. 

The aspirations of the Uluru Statement are generous and reasonable. It asks nothing more than for First Australians to be heard. 

And yet it would mean so much to so many, and deliver tangible and practical outcomes through the empowerment of First Australians by placing First Australians at the centre of decision making on the issues, laws and policies that affect us.