Twenty-one chief executives and chairmen from investment banks, super funds and accounting firms have pledged their support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for the establishment of a First Nations voice in the constitution.Tanarra investment analyst Dean Parkin, along with his investment banker boss John Wylie, invited finance leaders to back the statement to mark the second anniversary of thousands of Indigenous people from around the continent who gathered in Uluru to craft the historic document.
They initiated the open letter to “walk the path together to change the sense of who we are as a country”, said Mr Parkin, who is a Quandamooka man from Minjerribah, also known as North Stradbroke Island.
“We think it’s an important step towards making Australia a more spiritually generous and inclusive country that’s truly at peace with itself and its history,” Mr Wylie said.
Ken Wyatt, the Western Australian MP tipped to be the new indigenous affairs minister, has indicated he supports the Statement.
And Mr Parkin remains optimistic. “I think there’s a broad groundswell of support of Australians adopting the Statement from the Heart which will create strong long-term community support. This open letter is an important step,” he said.
The signatories to the letter are: Robin Bishop (BGH Capital), Mark Delaney (Australian Super), Richard Deutsch (Deloitte), Hamish Douglass (Magellan), Andrew Fraser (Sunsuper), Ben Gray (BGH Capital), Matthew Grounds (UBS), Simon Harle (BGH Capital), Ashok Jacob (Ellerston Capital), Tony Johnson (EY), Phillip King (Regal Funds Management), Alison Kitchen (KPMG), Sam Mostyn (Citi Australia), Luke Randell (Citi Australia), Simon Rothery (Goldman Sachs), Luke Sayers (PwC), Anna Shave (Tanarra Capital), Ian Silk (Australian Super), Richard Wagner (Morgan Stanley Australia), Geoff Wilson (Wilson Asset Management), John Wylie (Tanarra Capital).
The chief executives and chairmen’s open letter in support of Statement says:
Thank you for the Uluru Statement From The Heart.
We recognise the Uluru Statement as a historic mandate for substantive constitutional change and structural reform.
We hear and support your call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and for a referendum to achieve this as a national priority.
We hear and support your call for a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations, and truth-telling about our history.
We share your vision that these reforms will empower your people to take a rightful place in your own country.
In embracing this vision, we look forward to achieving a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.
We accept your profoundly generous invitation with open hearts.
We encourage others to join us as we walk side-by-side with you in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.