Dear Co-Design Body
Submission for Co-design process
I am a retired IT manager now living in the Victorian High Country. I grew up in Brisbane but worked and raised my family in Canberra with stints in Ghana and Canada.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
In Australia we have never recognised the dispossession of the nations who successfully lived, thrived and maintained this wonderful continent which we have subsequently trashed environmentally. It is time to recognise their custodianship and allow them to guide us.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
They have the solutions if we will listen.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
To give recognition and respect to the contributions of those who lived here before us.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Our constitution validates legislation. Legislation can be changed in the political ebbs and flows but if it is recognised that it should be validated by the constitution then a constitutional change has lasting effect.