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Submission Number
2204
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

I was born overseas but have been living in Australia for almost 30 years. To improve my English and learn to understand my new country I decided to enrol at the University and studied Sociology and History. I enjoyed so much Australian history that I now teach it and I enjoy helping my students understand our history, the impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal peoples and their resilience and adaptability throughout the years.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is important. It is now time for Australians to come together again as they did in 1967 to let the government know that now is time to give a voice to Indigenous people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people need to have a say in all legislations that concern them. They want to be consulted and be heard - they have demands, we need to listen to them. We cannot keep on pretending we know what is better for them.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Giving a Voice to Parliament to Indigenous peoples will enable us as a community to be proud of the support we give to our First Australians. Their resilience will be acknowledged and we will all work on building a better future where all voices - even minority voices - will be taken on board. We need to govern from below to ensure we are inclusive.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
It is time to acknowledge the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people have been here for more than 60,000 years. They are the First Australians, their status needs to be officially acknowledged.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Indigenous people have a great knowledge of their communities and what is needed to support them.

It is time to do it, and we can do it.