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Submission Number
Brigitte Handley
Submission date

Brigitte Handley
Nth Curl Curl NSW 2099

To Co-Design Body

Submission to Co-design process

I am an Australian performing artist and musician. I was born in Sydney and grew up in the country of Central West, NSW and moved to Sydney after completing my studies where I continued to follow my path as a recording and touring musician.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a profound and moving statement from the First Nations people of Australia. It's a call inviting everyone to unite and walk with the First Nations people towards a better way and future for our country. This statement has deeply touched my heart and greatly inspired me to offer my voice and support of this reform to the constitution.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
I strongly believe in the importance of Indigenous people to be heard and to have a say in matters that effect them and their communities. Having a voice and being heard helps instil hope and empowerment to be able to make a positive change for a better future.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
I feel that a Voice to Parliament would be a positive start to help the journey towards voice, treaty and truth through the Uluru dialogues. It would be a new beginning of hope and empowerment and way forward for the country in a way that we can all be proud of.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
I believe it’s important that the Voice to Parliament be enshrined in the Constitution so that it’s only able to be changed by the will of the people of Australia not just by the whim of Government.

Now is the time to hear the support of the citizens of Australia. Let’s begin the journey towards voice, treaty and truth and a better future for this land and it’s people.

Yours sincerely,
Brigitte Handley