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Submission Number
2278
Participant
Olivia Wilson-Zarganis
Submission date

Olivia Wilson-Zarganis
Camperdown NSW 2050

Dear Co-Design Body

Submission to Co-design process

I am a non-Indigenous resident of Australia and I acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging. I work as a Multicultural Community Officer for Local Government. I grew up in Greece and currently live on Gadigal Land (Sydney).

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important because the First Nations community need to have their voice and truth heard, and we need real structural reform in Australia. This land was never ceded and a treaty needs to be reached that is fair and equitable to the Indigenous people here.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Legislation can change and can be abolished depending on the ruling Government but if it is in the constitution it is permanently there.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Indigenous people are the experts and deserve the respect and the right to be decision-makers in their lives.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
It would empower the First Nations community and be a step towards justice and equity.

Thank you,
Olivia Wilson-Zarganis