To Co-Design Body
Submission to Co-design process
I am studying a PhD at RMIT University in Wearable Technology, and am now at the final stage of completing my thesis for submission. I have worked for over two decades in the global fashion and forecasting industry. Melbourne is my hometown, though I spent many years abroad.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is the symbolic, constitutional recognition supported by a primary reform, preferenced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
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 important because it is the only form of recognition endorsed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks themselves. It provides legitimacy, stability that will ensure it’s certainty in the face of future government changes.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It means empowering Indigenous people to have agency, and direct say in laws and policy for the long-term, over the current situation where disruptive, violent decisions are made when indigenous folks do not have a seat at the table, or any consultation in decisions on matters that affect them.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
The liberation of First Nations people is bound up with ours. Previously unheard, under-represented, a voice to parliament will end the subjugation, dispossession and allow all lives in my community to be heard in the framework of the state.
Developing and sustaining a respectful relationship with First Nations people enriches all Australians and has overwhelming public support. Let 2021 be the year constitutional enshrinement for First Nations becomes reality.