Tranmere SA 5073
Dear Co-Design Body
Submission for Co-design process
Although I am not indigenous I grew up in the Northern Territory in the 1960s with Indigenous schoolmates and friends that I met through my family’s participation in Church and Girl Guides. I experienced life in that very discriminatory environment and I saw and heard many terrible examples of racism and dispossession. I went on to train as a clinical psychologist in South Australia and witnessed heart breaking stories of trauma, mental illness, poverty and substance abuse.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I think our Australia’s first people have a right to determine their path and the country’s road to reconciliation and healing. Because they have produced this statement I think all other Australians (those from migrant backgrounds) should respect and implement it.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
I’m not a lawyer so I’m not sure. But if indigenous people want this, I think it should be done.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Healing. A more peaceful community. Fewer indigenous people in custody, in foster care, and in mental health and disability agencies. An end to the guilt and shame of Australia and non indigenous Australians.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
They are the experts. And they have been denied a voice.
Thank you for considering my submission.