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Submission Number
2285
Participant
Miriam Bass
Submission date

Miriam Bass
East Vic 3145

To Co-Design Body

Submission to Co-design process

I am a Jewish woman and have been involved with the National Council of Jewish Women (Vic) serving as President 2016-2020. I have been a strong advocate for human rights including women's rights.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
In 1938, William Cooper, the indigenous activist and community leader, heard of Kristallnacht, the night when Synagogues, Jewish homes, schools and business in Nazi Germany were destroyed. He organised for a delegation of Indigenous men and women to march to the German consulate in South Yarra and presented them with a letter condemning the Jewish persecution. Now it is the Jewish people's turn to return the favour and support First Nations' Australians in the manner they have requested. The Uluru Statement is a fair and appropriate way to overcome the wrongs of the past and move towards a positive future in respectful partnership with First Nations' peoples.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
The whole community would benefit from the wisdom and knowledge provided by a Voice to Parliament and through this partnership, ensure that our country is stronger.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
A First Nations voice enshrined in the Constitution will ensure its continuity and become part of our nation's culture and governance, free from political interference.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
First Nations' people deserve to take their rightful place in our own country. When we achieve a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia, First Nations' people will be empowered to create a better future for their children based on justice and self-determination.

Thank you,
Miriam Bass