I live on Bidjigal land. I currently work at the UNSW Sydney as an Events and Communications Coordinator for the Law Faculty. I graduated from Southern Cross University, Lismore with a Bachelor of Sport Tourism Management in 2011. I grew up in South West Sydney where I lived before moving to Lismore for university. Since graduating I have lived in Canberra, London and the U.S. I now reside in Rockdale, Sydney.
I write this submission as there needs to be reform in Australia to recognise and give voice to First Nations people in Parliament and as part of the constitution. Australia has failed to recognise Indigenous people’s voice long enough. We need to close this gap by changing the constitution to allow First Nation voices in laws and policies made about them and to have recognition specifically mentioned in the constitution.
I believe the Government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled to ensure that a First Nations Voice to Parliament is protected by the Constitution. The membership model for the National Voice must ensure previously unheard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same chance of being selected as established leadership figures.