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Dear NIAA,
I have worked in Indigenous Affairs for 30 years and started my career with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern in 1991, when the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was published. I find it deeply disturbing that the rates of Indigenous peoples contact with the justice system has significantly increased during this time. As the Uluru Statement from the Heart states, First Nations people are proportionally the most incarcerated people on the planet, yet they are not innately criminal. After 233 years it is time to listen to the voices of the 250 First Nations delegates at the Uluru Convention, and implement structural reform within our political, public and cultural institutions. The establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution is the fundamental first step in the reform process - Voice, then Treaty and Truth. I shall defer to the expertise of First Nations people, leaders and Elders in regard to the nature of a constitutionally enshrined voice to parliament. I wish simply to express my full support for a constitutionally protected First Nations voice within our parliament to lead the reforms so desperately needed to right past wrongs and heal our nation.