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I am a 3rd generation migrant from the UK.. I am not indigenous. I live on Djiringanj country of the Yuin nation. I grew up in many rural localities. I am self employed as a psychologist, trained in healing relational trauma, including transgenerational trauma.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I carry the shame of my forebears' presumption of ownership of this land. I grieve the tradional custodians' loss of country wherever I see its exploitation and degradation. I grieve for the people who have endured transgenerational trauma since European settlements began here. I understand the complexity of recovering and know the role of empowerment in healing. I believe the statement is a respectful measured description of where the people have come from and how they see a path forward working, without blame or retribution.it is like an amnesty or absolution being offered enabling reconciliation for the whole nation to move forward.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
That is an absurd question.. Why is it important for any people to have a say in matters that affect them? It is how we stay healthy and well in a cooperative society. Oppression is harmful to the oppressor and the oppressed in the long run. Cultivating respect as part of our national identity should be of the highest priority

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
It gives all Australians dignity. It offers a path to local indigenous people to travel on with optimism and goodwill.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Legislation is much easier to alter according to politics of the day. The notion of enshrinement is appropriately enduring as the constitution is intended to be. The first nations people's standing in this land, deep knowledge of what has been lost and how to restore it, warrants a specific status in the constitution for as long as it takes to achieve wellness and capaciity to sustain. legislation can give voice to the people's constituted process in a responsive way, keeping the solutions adaptive, and the voice foundational.

This matter is beyond politics. I understand a recent poll identified over 80% Australians think the matter is best resolved constitutionally, not just with legislation. The people must be offered the opportunity to vote in a referendum that addresses the statement's proposal In good faith. Indigenous people have waited long enough for recognition, through voice, truth and a treaty.

Thank you