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Submission Number
2103
Participant
Susanne Schmidt
Submission date
Main Submission Automated Transcript

I hereby wish to add my support to that of citizens and organisations for having the
First Nations Voice to Parliament embedded in Australia’s Constitution. I am
academic, educator and researcher who has lived and worked in Australia for 30
years. I consider the First Nations Voice an essential component of Australia’s
future.
Indeed, the Government must hold its election promise a referendum for embedding
the First Nations Voice in the Constitution. First Nations People have a strong
opinion on how the membership model is to be built, and I offer my unconditional
support for this.
Australia has inflicted terrible injustices to this continents First Nations People over
the past 250 years and injustices are continuing. Past atrocities include murder,
rape, stealing of land, children and salaries, preventing livelihoods, denying cultural
practices including language. Today, livelihoods, education and access to custodial
lands (even if Native Title has been granted) remain a vast problem. Excessive
incarceration, death in custody and wide-spread racism are a sad reality for
Australia’s Traditional Owners.
As a white European invited to complete a higher degree in Australia and receiving
many opportunities, I feel this injustice strongly.
How can the leaders of a modern nation live with the shame and not feel the need
for change? How can it be that others still speak on behalf of First Nations People
instead of giving the Traditional Owners of this country their deserved voice to
contribute to decisions that determine the future of this country?
The First Nations Voice must be heard. I support the Uluru Statement with all my
heart.
Professor Susanne Schmidt