To whom it may concern
Co-design process: Submission
I am a non-executive director and business owner
I am President of the to promote awareness
and raise funds to enhance diversity and equity. I run which is
focussed on engaged, connected empathetic leadership and passionate about the
diversity of society being reflected in leadership ranks.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement is important because it recognises the pain and trauma of First
Nations people, their spiritual connection to the land as the longest cultures in existence,
and the lack of recognition of that sovereignty. Land that was never ceded. We must
listen to the histories and truths despite discomfort, in order to move forward. We need
to move to redress the brutal dismantling of Indigenous cultures and map a way forward
from where we are now and embracing the wisdom that is offered by Indigenous
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution,
rather than include it only in legislation?
I believe First Nations people should be represented in the Constitution. The lack of
representation is historical to meet the needs of the white colony. The colonisers ability
to suppress and ignore Indigenous people, to set up constructs entirely suited to their
own purposes, not recognising any other ownership, rights, traditions, rules or laws and
overwhelm First Nations people is an unchangeable part of history. However moving
forward, based on greater humanity, fairness and justice this should be redressed in the
most meaningful ways including inclusion in the Constitution.
Why do you think a Voice to Parliament is important?
A Voice to parliament is important - influence comes from being heard, form contributing
different perspectives and lenses across important matters. It is proven diversity
provides for better outcomes. The Indigenous voice has been muted, unheard, muffled
and lacked influence for too long. A Voice to Parliament would redress this issue and
provide a powerful and valuable perspective.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Self determination is powerful and effective. The ability to influence matters directly
effecting you leads to empowerment and self determination. It will lead to much better
outcomes for Indigenous people. Given the spiritual connection to the land and
knowledge of it there will be a a far improved outcomes for Indigenous people and in fact
societal and environmental outcomes as well, for all of the country.