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I am a sound engineer and recording studio owner with 28 years of experience as a private business owner. I live in Ashfield and have lived in this area for most of my life, growing up in Newtown.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I think the Uluru statement from the heart is important because it recognises the importance of the first Australian nation, their culture, and history, and connects it to the colonial history of recent centuries. The statement also makes mention of the difficulties of the first nation's peoples and the structural impediments that have affected them since the English colony was started in 1788. Our nation is divided and needs to be brought together, now is the time for this, as most Australians would agree.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them so they can have power in their own destiny which has been so difficult to achieve because of a lack of this very voice in parliament and in society in general. Many of these structural impediments in society, set up long ago, persevere in negative attitudes toward indigenous Australians, lack of opportunity, lower educational outcomes, reduced health and mortality rates, incarceration (including death whilst incarcerated), and other serious problems.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A voice to parliament is an important step to improve the lives of indigenous peoples all over Australia, and will thereby assist all Australians to feel part of solving many complicated and ingrained problems in communities around the country. Indigneous voices need to be heard and are the people who will know what needs to be done.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Without constitutional enshrinement, the voice of Indigenous people will not have legitimacy in parliament. It will not be able to achieve its objectives or to perform the tasks it needs to do to advocate for indigenous people or communities.

I strongly implore the leaders of this nation to accept the Uluru statement from the heart and to grant indigenous people and communities a seat at the table in our parliament.

Thank you