Long Jetty, NSW 2261
To Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission for Matt Jarrett
I am a proud Dunghutti man, I have 3 school age children, and have been a plumber for over 20 years. Several years ago I decided that I wanted to do more for my community, so I commenced study as a mature age student. I am currently in the 2nd year of my combined LAW/Social Research and Policy degree at UNSW, and am learning more about the abhorrent settler colonial foundations of our country than I ever did in school.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
Because urgent change is necessary to stop First Nations people suffering in disproportionate rates in every corner of our society. The ongoing surreptitious genocide of First Nation people in Australia, orchestrated by the purposive structural mechanisms of the settler colonial governments (state and federal) are the ABSOLUTE SHAME of this nation.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Whether it stems from the individual implicit bias held by 75% of Australians against First Nations people or the structural and systemic oppression imbued in the mechanisms of government, such as impotent legislation and abuses of police powers, our people are under attack. We need genuine rights to a voice on issues that are killing us.
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 the plight of First Nations people and communities are not used as political leverage and subject to the whim of the government in power on any given day.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
One only needs to look to the successes of self-determined, community-led initiatives, such as the Maranguka justice reinvestment program in Bourke NSW, to see what we can do for ourselves. All we need now is a First Nations body that is not trying to vie for voter approval, that can act on the successes of such initiatives.