HAMERSLEY WA 6022
Dear Co-Design Body
Submission for Co-design process
I was born in Perth and have lived here most of my life. I work as a public librarian for the City of Wanneroo local government.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is significant as it is the most legitimate representation of how we as a nation can move towards justice and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. I believe unfinished business will continue to engender unease in the soul of Australia, until we take appropriate action to establish a different kind of relationship. The recommendations of the Uluru Statement of the Heart is that appropriate action.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Only through Indigenous self-determination can we step away from our country's history of aggression towards and dispossession of First Nations people.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
As a non-Indgenous Australian, it pains me that we have failed to redress historical wrongs, failed to prevent ongoing systemic racist and failed to genuinely take the hand of reconciliation that has been offered to us by Indigenous people. To honour the request for a Voice to Parliament would be an important step in us creating genuine dialogue and opportunities for understanding, healing and progress. Personally, it would increase my pride in what it means to be Australian if we achieved this.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
A commitment to the Voice in Parliament should be enshrined in our Constitution because it's truly significant and because it needs to be recognised by all as a re-establishment of the basis on which Indigenous and non-Indigenous people relate. Australia was never ceded and Indigenous people had no say in the Constitution as it currently stands. In order to allow a genuine partnership of mutual good will to unfold and flourish, it needs to stand on solid ground, not depend on the fluctuating interests of successive parliaments.