2022

Submissions: Your Feedback

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Submission Number
2022
Participant
Natalie Bussau
Submission date

Natalie Bussau

To whom it may concern

Submission for Co-design process

I have grown up and have spent most of my life on the Noongar nation. I grew up on traditional booja of the Wardandi people until I moved to Whadjuk booja for university at UWA - and I remain in Perth today. I have huge respect for the people who have been custodians of this land for thousands of years and believe that we need to immediately utilise all the knowledge to protect our planet and move back into balance.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is important as it represents the voices of our First Nations people and a pathway towards truthful dialogue among all people of Australia. Achieving the aspirations set out will mean we all live in a better Australia.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A Voice to Parliament can improve our community by having more diverse voices, improved transparency, greater engagement and a fairer Australia for all people.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Our first nations people have asked to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation so I am supportive of it as an act of reconciliation.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
All people, not only indigenous people, have the right to self-determination - taking this away is hugely damaging to everyone.

Kind regards,
Natalie Bussau