To Co-Design Body
Submission to Co-design process
I am originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand. I have lived and called Australia home for the last 15 years. I am a wife and mother, a teacher with a BA and Masters Degree. I’m an active community member, an artist, surfer and lover of this wonderful country and the people in it.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
To move forward as a nation we need the Uluru Statement of the Heart to guide us. We’ve said “sorry” we state “recognition” and “closing the gap” but really we’ve made little progress. It just makes sense to have Indigenous voices lead policies and laws that directly affect them.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
To say policies and procedures have failed Indigenous Australians is a massive understatement. There have been positive intentions and roadmaps for change, but it is time for Indigenous people to take charge of the issues that affect them and have us walk along side, being guided by them to create better and respectful relationships and a peaceful future.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
We have so much to learn from Indigenous knowledge and culture. The positive impact of their knowledge sharing on all aspects of community, especially environmentally as well as building pride in having the oldest continuous living culture in the world is something to honour.
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 well past time to give the knowledge, culture and true history of Indigenous Australians the respect, acknowledgment and voice they deserve. We need this for us all to move forward, learn and be looked at globally with respect for finally doing something right in regards to our Aboriginal people.
This is a matter of urgency.