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Submission Number
2125
Participant
Annie Gleeson
Submission date

my name is annie gleeson and i have been priveleged to know some of the ngarindjeri aunties - auntie veronica, auntie dora, auntie edie..., who shared their wisdom with some of us non- indigenous women at the sophia women's spirituality centre in adelaide.

i also did some relief teaching for a few years at taoundi aboriginal college at port adelaide and gained so much respect for the patience, resilience and caring of the aboriginal people i met; especially so in the face of the disenfranchisement they had been subjected to as first nations people.

i, like many other australians, try to walk with aboriginal people in support and solidarity.
often it is hard to know what to do. i recently asked an aboriginal elder how i could personally 'pay the rent'. his answer was nothing to do with money- it was about supporting the uluru statement from the heart.

so, having done some background reading and thinking and speaking increasingly more confidently to friends about the possibility of them making a submission (i was nervous i would sound too political or as if i was telling them what to do... in fact every single person i spoke to thanked me for letting them know about the process), i would like to say simply:

that i ask that the aboriginal and torres strait islander people of this country be recognised in our constitution

that this recognition takes the form of a constitutionally recognised 'voice to parliament'

that a referendum be called by the government to show where australians stand on this issue of the voice

that a 'yes' vote will be acted upon by government as urgently as possible- at least in the next term of parliament after the referendum has been held