Parliament, as an evolving but nonetheless stable representation of Australia, has been
unable to understand the plight and realities of First Nations communities because they
have not taken the voice of the community seriously for much of the past century (when
political gains have been made), have not known how to translate that voice, and will only
succeed in understanding and empathising with community-led representation if that voice
is enshrined and legitimised by the Uluru Statement.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Our First Nations communities have achieved all the have achieved because of their
constant push to have more say, following centuries of that right taken away. If reconciliation
and equality are still far from reality, which they are, then having MORE say is essential,
part of the continuum of progressive empowerment that cannot stop, but must continue and
must continue in new formats and structures. It is not a level-playing field in
decision-making and the scales of impact are always tipped against Indigenous groups due
to social and cultural factors that don't play a role in large-scale policy frameworks.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution,
rather than include it only in legislation?
Perceived legitimacy, both on a legal and community level, for the Australian community to
recognise the place of First Nations communities in Australia's present and future, because
of its absence from constitutional recognition in the past. Australian society is notably
reactionary to government leadership, and has only ever made progress in Australian
politics and society following the 1967 Referendum. This is the next logical step to further
Progress for Australia, in making it a modern country that celebrates ALL Australians and
recognises the injustices of the past, was first made through constitutional change in 1967.
It was foundational to set the scene for the Uluru Statement as the next manifestation and
revolutionary step for reconciliation. Racism kept the Uluru Statement from being initially
accepted - not overt, just generally shared sentiment within the government, I know this
because I've heard contradict his own philosophies when discussing why
he moved against it on behalf of the Coalition. Whoever makes this change will be
remembered in history as being the enabler and the empowerer - don't miss this chance.