Statement from Heart is Optimistic Invitation to Australia: Albanese
“The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a generous, gracious and optimistic invitation to all Australians."
Anthony Albanese addressed the first meeting of volunteers who have signed up to educate Australians about the voice to parliament proposed in the Statement.
The Prime Minister said, “The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a generous, gracious and optimistic invitation to all Australians. It is a hand of friendship outstretched. It is extraordinarily generous given the history of this country since 1788. It asks that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be consulted on matters that affect them.”
I believe Australia is ready for a constitutionally enshrined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. Tonight at Marrickville Town Hall, Minister for Indigenous Australians @LindaBurneyMP and I met with hundreds of locals who are eager to move it forward. pic.twitter.com/1A3X8YFS8l— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) October 14, 2022
In a perceptive comment in an article entitled, "Nation must cast off the long shadow of past polls", Paul Kildea wrote, "The Prime Minister struck the first blow against defeatism – and in favour of optimism – when he announced his intention to hold a referendum on enshrining a First Nations voice in the Australian Constitution during his first parliamentary term. We can join him by choosing to look forwards, not backwards. Each new development needn’t be likened to the ghosts of some past referendum come back to haunt us."
The Prime Minister on Optimism
There has been a consistent optimistic theme in speeches by Anthony Albanese from 2021 onwards. We'd like to think our Centre for Optimism's "Framing an Optimistic National Narrative" plan has had some influence.
On election eve 2022, Anthony Albanese said: "I want a country where hope and optimism are the major emotions projected from our national government to the Australian people."
On the doorstep of his home before heading to Canberra to be sworn in as Prime Minister, he said: "I want to lead a government that has the same sentiment of optimism and hope that defines the Australian people. I want to be positive and channel the opportunity we have to shape change, so we bring people with us on the journey of change."
Speaking at a doorstop at the premises of Pallion in his electorate, "I'm very proud to represent this local community, but I'm also very proud to be the Prime Minister of Australia, to lead Australia at a time where really we're at a crossroads. We can be more successful if we're optimistic if we seize those opportunities which are there. I'm determined to do so."