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Submission Number
Submission date

Seymour 3660

To whom it may concern

Submission to Co-design process

I am from settler families and grew up in Gippsland before moving to Melbourne in my teens. I studied teaching in Bendigo and spent six years teaching at Wugularr in the Northern Territory from 1977-1982. I have recently retired from role as a librarian in Victoria.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart was created in 2017 by many First Nation's peoples and provides a roadmap forward for the nation.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is vital that indigenous people have ownership of their futures, and to be able to work with governments to develop laws and policies to Close the Gap.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A voice to parliament would allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have a say when the government and parliament make decisions and laws that affect them.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
There must be a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution. if the government is serious about establishing a Voice with the objective of providing the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the government and parliament, it must commit to it being protected in the Constitution. Without constitutional enshrinement, the Voice will not have legitimacy. It will not be able to achieve its objectives and perform its functions.

Thank you,