I was present on the day the deeds for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park were handed back to the Anangu people in 1985. The handback of this sacred land felt momentous, a symbol of recognition and respect for First Nations people worldwide. About time, I thought. Yet here we are. It’s 2023 and we’re dithering about a long overdue change to the constitution to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a say in policies that affect them. It’s time, Australia. Let their voices be heard.
Diane Connell's Testimonial, Writers for the Voice