To Co-Design Body
Submission for Co-design process
I am not a first nations person, but I have moved to Australia from abroad.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Urulu Statement acknowledges the sovereignty of Indigenous people and recognises First Nations People must have a say in their own destiny for true reform to take place.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important because without having a voice in government, there is no representation. Without representation, Indigenous people will continue to be marginalised in society. And with marginalisation in society there cannot be equality, security, justice or reform.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
It would improve understanding by the Australian Government and Parliament about what impacts national legislation has on Indigenous communities and enable ministers to create legislation that is inclusive of first nations peoples from the start. It would allow First Nations people access to review legislation that affects them provide a channel for engagement they can use to raise concerns.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Constitutional enshrinement of the National Voice is necessary for Australia to protect the lives and rights of the first nations people. It enforces the Uluru Statement and respects traditional first nation elders' authority and provides a means of representation and collaboration with Australian government and Parliament.