Archbishop Makarios of Australia issues statement on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

·

Archbishop Makarios of Australia has issued a statement on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, encouraging Greek Orthodox faithful to “engage seriously with the referendum question… about constitutional recognition.”

Constitutional recognition through a Voice to Parliament would enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice to the Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives.

In his statement, Archbishop Makarios said the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (GOAA) “is committed to working together to uphold the dignity and sacredness of every human person.”

“Having been subjected to domination and exploitation, inequity and discrimination, dispossession and indifference, the ‘Voice’ of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continues to be marginalised in the political process,” the Archbishop said.

“Together with this, they have not been appropriately acknowledged as the first custodians of Australia, who inhabited this land for many thousands of years before Australia’s more recent history.”

Archbishop Makarios then encouraged everyone “to walk together, and in a spirit of reconciliation and healing, advance forward towards a movement which will see First Nation’s people be able to hope for a better future.”

Australians will vote in a referendum on Saturday, October 14 on whether an Indigenous Voice to Parliament should be enshrined in the Constitution.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Two)

In our previous article we referred to the important year 2035, a milestone for the presence and evolution of Hellenism in Australia.

‘Poor Things’ costumes exhibition opens at Benaki Museum in Greece

Costumes from Giorgos Lanthimos' film "Poor Things" are featured in an exhibition inaugurated by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Meet Joanna Kalafatis: New Greek star of hit Netflix series ‘Maestro in Blue’

Joanna Kalafatis is a beautiful Greek woman with voluminous hair. However, as the saying goes, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Archaeologists in Crete mystified by 4000-year-old discovery

A recently discovered 4,000-year-old stone building in Crete is puzzling archaeologists and potentially delaying an airport project.

Greece ranks third among Mediterranean cruise destinations

Data from the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) show that Greek ports handled 7,003,150 passengers in 2023, up from 4,629,650 in 2022.

You May Also Like

Giannis Antetokounmpo donates $100,000 to out-of-work stadium employees

Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has pledged $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff to help offset costs related to their loss of earnings during the NBA season hiatus.

On this day in 1939, Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos was born

Songs written by Stavros in the 60's are now considered classics of their time, with the composer known for his personal musical style.

Miltiadis Tentoglou claims world title for long jump

The Greek long jump champion Miltiadis Tentoglou has successfully retained his world indoor long jump title.