Dear Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission for Monica Rose
I write this submission as an Australian citizen who has spent most of my life living Sydney excluding my formative teenage years which were spent living in New Zealand. Something that always stuck out to me during my time in New Zealand was the inclusive way in which New Zealand has embraced it's First Nations people. Their system is not perfect either but what they have done better than us is to acknowledge and recognise the Maori community in a respectful and sincere way.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is the desires of Indigenous Australian's laid bare. All Australians should honour and support the very fair ask that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community have put to us in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A Voice to Parliament would unify my community. We should have equality of access in all things. That means different things to different people and a Voice to Parliament is the only fair and certain way to provide that to Indigenous People.
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 stands alone as a formative document in the Australian legal landscape. Legislation is important but does not run deep in the Australian identity in the way our Constitution does. Anything less is not enough.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
From the moment the first settlers arrived in Australia the terms on which Indigenous people have lived their lives has been wholly dictated by others for no good reason except we decided it should be so. This cannot continue. The impact of colonisation and removing Indigenous people's sovereignty cannot be quantified but will forever be the deepest shame of our country. We cannot undo what has been done but we can do what is right moving forward.