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To whom it may concern

Submission for Co-design process

I am a Human Resources professional working in a large global law firm. I am an active member of the firm's RAP Working Group. I have previously spent time as a consultant in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is important as it is an integral part of reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Constitutional change will provide a voice for these people.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Including the voice to parliament in the constitution is about reconciliation. It is about mending and healing. Only including it in legislation does not have the same impact and meaning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
How can we speak for them? that is why it is important. Because who is better to speak to the issues and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, than an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Their culture is so vastly different from ours and we need to acknowledge and be respectful of that.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A voice to parliament would allow for genuine engagement and better understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and perspectives. This would flow through to communities across Australia.

Yours sincerely