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Submission Number
1383
Participant
Amelia Sumner
Submission date

Amelia Sumner
Brunswick 3056

To whom it may concern
Submission to Co-design process
I'm a 27 year old Social Research Analyst from Brisbane currently living in Melbourne. I studied Sociology at UQ and most recently graduated with an Honours degree, which involved writing a 15,000 word thesis. My thesis broadly focused on the importance of decolonising social science.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
Time and again the Australian government has failed Indigenous Australians. Violent colonial practices continue to be reproduced, having devastating effects on First Nations peoples.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
It would mean having a real and enshrined Voice. It is what was collectively endorsed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples themselves and - as the literal experts on their history and needs - should be adopted without question.
Why do you think a Voice to Parliament is important?
A Voice that informs the legislative process would be the first step in creating real structural change. It's baffling how parliamentary decisions can continue to be made on a groups behalf with little to no input from the group itself. It's colonial paternalism repeating itself.
Why do you think Indigenous people should have a Voice to Parliament?
An Indigenous voice to parliament is overdue. History has shown that any attempt at reparation will continue to fail if Indigenous Australians are excluded from the decision-making process.

Yours sincerely,
Amelia Sumner