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Oscar Merven
Submission date

To whom it may concern

Submission for Co-design process

I am a teacher at a school that is very involved with Indigenous education. I am passionate about reconciliation and acknowledging the place and history of First Australians. I’m from Sydney, born and raised on the lower north shore.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It represents an opportunity for the Australian government and society to listen to Indigenous people and act on their words in the statement.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
So that it is relatively permanent. Legislation can be easily revoked.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Real change, progress and improvement can’t happen without the buy in of First Nations people. If they have no say, how can they be expected to buy into any new policy?

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Provide the perspective of Indigenous people that is too often lacking in the decision making process.

Kind regards,