This week, EACH CEO, Peter Ruzyla and Chair, Judith Woodland wrote to key members of the Australian Parliament, including Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, calling on the government to support a Treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
At EACH, we’re committed to the principle that all Australians are entitled to good health and to know that they belong as valued community members and citizens of this land.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, who experience ongoing injustice and disparity that denies them much that the rest of us take for granted.
The average life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples is almost a decade less than that of non-Indigenous Australians. In addition, Indigenous Australians are more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have mental health problems and chronic diseases. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also disproportionately likely to experience incarceration, violence, lower educational achievement and unemployment throughout their lifetime.
This is unacceptable in a nation that prides itself on justice and fairness and we all have a responsibility to work towards closing this gap. We believe that a Treaty with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a vital step in this journey.
Treaty recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original owners and custodians of these lands and enshrines their right to self-determination.
Here at EACH, we have worked with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and community to create a positional statement outlining our support for a Treaty, please view the documents at the links below.
We’re urging leaders at every level of government and business to join us and offer their support for a Treaty.
We strive to play our part in shaping policies and actions and welcome any opportunity to work with government and the community towards this goal.
We have nothing to fear and everything to gain by listening to First Australians.