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Deborah Lilly
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Deborah Lilly

Mullumbimby NSW 2482

To whom it may concern

Submission for Co-design process

Hello! I've lived in Mullumbimby for 37 years and have been an active campaigner to
protect country; coordinating Lock the Gate Gasfield Free campaign for Mullumbimby
(95.6% voted to be gasfield free). I campaigned to keep our economy local, from which
campaign we got a local farmers market and community garden.
(www.mullumaction.org). I've been a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Hawaiian Bodyworker,
gardener and honey-seller. Currently I am involved in acting with feminist material,
working with archetypes. I grew up in UK, went to NZ in 1976 as I was born there, and
came here in 1980. I feel very lucky to be here, and am grateful - this is why I want to
support the First Nations Voice Truth Treaty enshrined in the Constitution.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I love the way it is written and it makes me feel positive for the future of First Nation's
people. I want to hear from First Nations their reasons for changes to help improve their
lives. White supremacy does not work for indigenous people.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
If indigenous people have better quality of life, then everybody benefits. The black
deaths in custody, hanging points in cells, domestic violence and increasing
incarceration of indigenous women is deplorable. These things (and much more) must
change to improve Aboriginal lives.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
because indigenous people know what they need better than non-indigenous people do.

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 it will be a
permanent fixture and legislation not thrown out when the government is changed.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE allow indigenous people Voice, Truth, Treaty. Sovereignty.
Acknowledgement that Aboriginal tribes were the first sovereign nations of the Australian
continent, that sovereignty was never ceded and that it co-exists with the sovereignty of
the Crown. Constitutional reform. Constitutional reforms would empower Aboriginal
people to manage their own affairs and righten the current skewed statistics for e.g.
incarceration or suicide. Makarrata Commission. A Makarrata (Treaty) Commission
would have two roles: Develop a national framework that would permit each sovereign
Aboriginal nation state to negotiate their own respective treaty; and oversee a process of
truth-telling. Similar commissions (including truth telling) are common throughout the
world and have been established in countries such as Canada, New Zealand and South
Africa. [7] Truth-telling, a process that exposes the full extent of the past injustices
experienced by Aboriginal people. It would allow all Australians to understand Aboriginal
and Australian history, and assist in moving towards genuine reconciliation. Voice to
Parliament. Establishment of an elected voice to the Parliament with constitutional
backing. This voice would be empowered to give Aboriginal people a say in laws that
affect them. It would be a voice that cannot be removed unless by a future constitutional
referendum. Source: Explainer: Uluru Statement from the Heart - Creative Spirits,
retrieved from https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/selfdetermination/ul…-

Yours truly
Deborah Lilly