While I’m not convinced this Indigenous Voice and co-design process is the best way forward, I am glad
to see we are taking a step forward and welcome the opportunity to provide a submission.
In an ideal world, we should be moving forward with an Indigenous Voice in parliament that has been
enshrined into the constitution, as set out in the Uluru Statement From The Heart. However, in lieu of
that, I believe this Indigenous Voice created via the co-design process has the power to create lasting
change for Indigenous Australians and contribute towards a better shared future for Australia.
Indigenous Australians have been waiting too long for the Australian government to write their wrongs
and improve their outcomes. This process should not be paternalistic, and its clear that so far this
approach has not worked. The Australian government at all levels should be working in partnership with
Indigenous Australians to learn how to better their future and thereby Australia’s future, and I believe
this Indigenous Voice is a step forward in this process.
How many more people need to die in custody? How much longer do they need to wait to Close The
Gap? How much longer do they need to wait for sovereignty to be ceded? Give Indigenous Australians
the power to have a say in their future and get a ‘fair go’.