Northcote VIC 3070
To Co-Design Body
Submission to Co-design process
My name is Kate and I live in Northcote. I've lived in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne my whole life- Wurundjeri Country. I studied for my Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science), Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) and Graduate Certificate (Neonatal and Infant Paediatric Manual Therapy) at Victoria University. I currently work part time at Nillumbik Osteopathic Health Centre as an allied health practitioner and part time as an academic at RMIT.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru State for the Heart is important to me as it truthfully addresses Australia's dark past and the continuing effect that colonisation has on our Nations First People. It describes their spiritual ties to their land, outlines their rightful request to be heard and be involved in determining their future.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Indigenous people deserve to have a say in matters that affect them because they deserve to be heard, respected and need to play a part in educating non-Indigenous people on their culture and traditions. They did not choose this way of living and non-Indigenous people can never fully understand how this feels and how the loss of land, culture and language causes such problems for First Nations people.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A Voice to Parliament would improve the lives of my community as honours and respects the Indigenous people of my community and provides education for the non-Indigenous people. It is a small step towards equality, justice and Makarrata- coming together after a struggle. The Voice to Parliament will assist with a better future for all Australians.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
It is important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution so that it is truly heard and carries the weight needed for input and change. To include it only in legislation is a token inclusion, agreement making should occur between the government and Indigenous people and the Voice is needed for this process to occur. First Nations people are owed far more than the Voice, the Constitution needs to recognise the traditional way of life for First Nations people and only their Voice can enable this recognition.