Pop star Jessica Mauboy is adding her voice to the campaign for the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians, saying “we need to lift the barrier to move forward”.
The singer graces the February cover of Marie Claire alongside other trailblazers — actress Miranda Tapsell and model Samantha Harris — as part of a campaign to have the indigenous voice enshrined in the Constitution.
“I recently went back to Uluru … and digging my feet in the red dirt felt powerful. I was there just before they banned climbing it and removed the chain. Uluru has always felt really free to me, especially now the chains are gone,” Mauboy said.
“The same thing needs to happen with our constitution, we need to lift the barrier to move forward. For me, Indigenous constitutional recognition would mean freedom.”
Harris said it made her “blood boil” that Australia was the only major Commonwealth country that doesn’t have a treaty with its indigenous people. “It’s been 250 years; it really is time,” she said.