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Dianne Grigg
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Dianne Grigg

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Co-design process: Submission for Dianne Grigg
I am a proud South Australian who has been working in education in the Indigenous space since 1988 the year of our bicentenary when I realized the voices of First Nations Peoples was unheard and the Truth telling of Indigenous history in this nation was largely unheard - Australia was a secret country. Since that time I have worked for several decades in schools across South Australia with Aboriginal people to amplify their voice and provide joint Training and development in Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Perspectives and support people to develop Cultural Competence . I have worked with Aboriginal People to develop Curriculum for schools to ensure Aboriginal Perspectives are taught and voices are heard. I have worked with Aboriginal People provide training in schools regarding What Works in teaching and learning for Indigenous students and have supported schools to develop School and Community Partnerships by ensuring Parents and caregivers have their say regarding the needs of their children and develop an awareness of how schools work. In every experience the amplification of Aboriginal voices in all these programs was highlighted by participants as the main contributor to their success in their evaluations. Hearing the truth telling and authenticity of story from Aboriginal People was paramount . The trust, respect and understanding of shared voice was the mortar which supported relationship ands partnership building . In my retirement I have continued to be an advocate for Aboriginal Voice within my Blackwood Community by working as an active volunteer of Blackwood Reconciliation Group the longest serving reconciliation group in Australia .
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I believe the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important because it is a call by First Nations for all Australians to engage in deep listening to First Nations people's voices and truth telling so that reconciled partnerships can be developed and agreements be reached to address the past atrocities and give Aboriginal people hope, respect and honour in the future - through partnerships and the development of treaties .
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A Voice to Parliament will encourage Indigenous peoples to want to work with all Australians to build strong, trusting relationships across our community. It is only through acknowledging, respecting and valuing the opinions of all that we will have a genuine reconciled Australia where diverse Aboriginal cultural knowledge, identity and pride is valued and everyone has a genuine sense of belonging and trust At present Indigenous Australians have little trust in the Colonizers and are loath to become involved in community affairs . The building of trust trough an enshrined Voice to Parliament through constitutional change would go along way to develop that trust.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
I call on the Australian Government to honour the diversity of voices of First Nations Peoples by implementing all aspects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and ensure that the Voice to Parliament be enshrined in the Constitution because in truth you cannot have a partnership without a relationship and you definitely cannot have a relationship without a conversation IT IS ALL UNDERPINNED BY AUTHENTIC VOICE.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is a fundamental human right that all peoples should have a say in matters that affect them . Indigenous Australians have been unrepresented in all aspects of leadership including Local, State and National Governance Without a voice in all levels how will the needs of Indigenous Australians be ascertained and met ?. Organizations across Australia are presently engaging in developing Reconciliation Action Plans .. How many of these have been led by Aboriginal People? How many Indigenous Australians have been consulted in their development ? How many of these have ensured Aboriginal Voices are amplified in their implementation? If these plans have not ensured Indigenous participation the plans are NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY ARE WRITTEN ON because Indigenous people have not had their say in matters that affect them The National Government must heed this.
Many people have discussed the concept of symbolism in this space ... I call on the Federal Government to fly the Aboriginal Flag and the Torres St Is flags along with the National Australian Flag in parliament house so that Aboriginal Australians working in that space have a genuine sense of belonging