2304

Submissions: Your Feedback

Submissions from people and organisations who have agreed to have their feedback published are provided below.

The views expressed in these submissions belong to their authors. The National Indigenous Australians Agency reserved the right not to publish submissions, or parts of submissions, that include, for example, material that is offensive, racist, potentially defamatory, personal information, is a copy of previously provided materials, or does not relate to the consultation process.

An auto-generated transcript of submissions provided as attachments has been made available to assist with accessibility. These transcripts may contain transcription errors. Please refer to the source file for the original content.

Please note not all submissions are provided in an attachment. For submissions without an attachment, click on the name of the person or organisation to view the text.

Site functionality has recently been improved. You can now search by participant name and submission number. You can also click on the number, date and participant column headings to sort the order of submissions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that submissions may contain images or names of deceased people.

If you require any further assistance please contact Co-designVoice@niaa.gov.au.

 

Submission Number
2304
Participant
Amanda Reed
Submission date

Amanda Reed
(redacted)

To whom it may concern

Submission to Co-design process

I am currently living in Geelong which is Wadawurrung Country. I moved from Melbourne a couple of years ago. I've also lived in many different countries around the world, including the UK and the US. Australia is my home.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is important for Indigenous people to be represented in the Australian Constitution. But further to that it's also crucial that they have the opportunity to be engaged in the law-making that will directly affect them. After learning about the process and stakeholder engagement undertaken to finalise the Uluru Statement from the Heart, I support it. I also trust the judgement of those First Nations people who have created it - and support their objectives.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
I believe Indigenous people want a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia, and a better future for their children based on justice and self-determination. In the past, there have been many failed programs and initiatives in this space as there hasn't been appropriate self-determination with Indigenous individuals and communities. Voice to Parliament can help enshrine this self-determination of Indigenous peoples.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
I think this would create more space for conversations and truth telling about Australia's history. I believe among other things, many Australians are saddened by the incarceration rates, and deaths in custody, of Indigenous people. I think our communities want Indigenous people to have self-determination to tackle these issues how they think best. I think it would increase harmony and hope if Voice to Parliament was implemented.

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 be amended and repealed more easily. I also believe if this is included in the Constitution there will be more opportunities for Australian people to discuss this issue and learn more about it - which would be a good thing.

Kind regards,
Amanda Reed