Dear Co-Design Body
Submission for Co-design process
My name is Sarah Gigger. I have been shocked at the lack of respect, interest and concern shown by the leaders of this country with regard to the rights of indigenous peoples. It is time for them to be given a formal voice.
I have started to realise more and more how much misinformation is in Australia about our indigenous brothers and sisters, and have been increasingly dismayed at the disrespect and disinterest shown to indigenous peoples by white Australians. The Uluru Statement from the Heart has been a slow careful creation asking for an indigenous voice in Australia. It has been written in good faith and in such a generous way.
A voice to Parliament will mean that indigenous peoples can directly speak for themselves and help to direct services and issues in a positive way. It will mean that they can direct their lives instead of white people who do not understand or listen.
Indigenous peoples make up a good proportion of the Australian population. They are capable and able to have a say in matters that affect them. However, it seems that whenever they are given a chance, it becomes convenient for autonomy to be taken away from them.
Enshrining the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution means that any representative bodies cannot be abolished by current governments.
The First Australians have been treated in an appalling way by white Australians since the time of settlement. It is time to redress this situation. By enshrining the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, our indigenous peoples can regain their dignity and be able to take their rightful place in Australian society.