1987

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Submission Number
1987
Participant
George (Kev) Dertadian
Submission date

George (Kev) Dertadian
NSW 2122

To whom it may concern

Submission to Co-design process

I am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of New South Wales. I work on the lands of the Begegal people of the Eora Nation and I live on Darug land. The sovereignty of these, our First People, was never ceded.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
As someone whose ancestors have also been subject to genocide, and the continuing intergenerational trauma that this produces, support for the Uluru Statement is an important act or solidarity for me.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Self-determination is a universal human right. Establishing a Voice to Parliment is one way to guarantee that right for First Nations people, and provides a real and substantive structural intervention to redressing the ongoing violence of colonisation.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A voice to Parliment would enrich my community by empowering the oldest living culture known to human kind to guide the way we deal with conflict, manage our environment and move forward as a modern, respectful and responsive society.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
These fundinental principles of giving voice and providing self-determination to First Nations people cannot be left to the whims of one Government or the next, they must be enrshined in the Constitution at the behest of the Australian people. This is required to right the wrong of colonisation and the racist lie of terra nullius on which it was based. It is required as a matter of respect.

Yours sincerely,
George (Kev) Dertadian