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Submission Number
Submission date

Vic, 3223

To Co-Design Body

Submission to Co-design process

I was born in Southern NSW and grew up on stolen land in NE Victoria.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is important because it's what indigenous Australians are telling the government is important. They have a right to define what is important to them and we (non-indigenous people, allies), are obliged to listen.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Indigenous people have a right to define their own needs and to have a say, a guiding say, in programs designed to help them shine. Or at the very least not be incarcerated at alarming rates and to die in custody with appalling frequency.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Hearing Indigenous voices in our streets, and in our Parliament, improves us all and makes us a stronger, richer society.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
The Constitution has key legal and symbolic significance, and is therefore appropriate for the gravity of the changes being sought.

Thank you