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Submission Number
1946
Participant
Kathleen Brasher
Submission date

Kathleen Brasher
Oxley Victoria 3678

Dear Co-Design Body

Co-design process: Submission for Kathleen Brasher

My name is Kathleen Brasher. I live on Pbangerang Country in Northeast Victoria, moving here three years ago after working and raising a family in Melbourne. I have a PhD in medical sociology, now working on creating age-friendly communities both here in northeast Victoria and as an Advisor to the World Health Organisation.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I grew up with the story of my great-grandmother being the first white child born in Carcour, NSW. I now realise this came at the loss of life of other children; children of the local peoples who are the rightful custodians of this land. It is essential we recognize, respect, and enshrine their voice in our shared Constitution. Doing so will be a step towards redressing the extraordinary burdens experienced on a daily basis by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
All of us need to feel we have control over matters that affect us. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this is essential to their health, their culture, their spirituality. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' knowledge can benefit themselves and the country.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
A Voice to Parliament must sit above legislation. It must be in the Consitution to show respect, to place in outside the control of future parliaments.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
For all Australians, or those who call Australia home, a Voice to Parliament is a step towards healing our shame, grief, and pain of the suffering caused in our name. It gives us the chance to recognise, proclaim and celebrate the depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' continuity with this land.

Yours sincerely,
Kathleen Brasher