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Submission Number
2279
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

To Co-Design Body

Submission for Co-design process

I am a non-indigenous Australian who has worked in the human services field for over a decade. Prior to this I was a teacher and a mentor. I have a Bachelor of Science (Psych) and a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne and I am currently completing my Master of Social Work at Griffith University. I am living on Duduroah and Waradjeri country in Albury/Wodonga and am originally from Woiwurrung country in the Dandenong ranges.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
This is the most comprehensive, meaningful stakeholder led call for self-determined healing and progress of First Nations Peoples to date. It is a very loud and powerful call that I would be embarrassed for decision makers in our country to ignore or placate. It is a huge step towards our nation maturing.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
First Nations people have been oppressed through colonialisation since Europeans first landed here. They have suffered unimaginable loss and disempowerment, and are continuing to experience this today. Real change can only be determined through anti-oppressive actions - through the genuine empowerment of First Nations people at all levels, to determine their own futures.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
If this voice is only included in legislation, it remains vulnerable to political whim. There are those who will seek to weaken, alter or remove it. It is too important to be made in this way - it must be protected in the Constiution, where it should have been from the start.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
We all have so much to benefit from genuine partnership with First Nations people. Their knowledge, skills, customs and stories, their intelligence and compassion, wisdom and authenticity as a people will only enrich our communities. A direct voice to Parliament will provide the First Nations people in all communities with power to bring these benefits to our entire nation.

Kind regards