To whom it may concern
Submission for Co-design process
I grew up on Kaurna country, but knew nothing of the first people. I was educated in Australian school system in the 80s and 90s, and learned nothing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands people. It took moving to Wurundjeri country in my 30s to start the journey of learning about and from the longest living cultures in the world.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is so simple, elegant, clear and summarises the requests of diverse Aboriginal communities. These requests are not new, and speak to the means to heal from the last 200+ years and move ahead with a true reconciliation.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
The constitution means it is fundamental to the country, not subject to the whims of changing government. It is a fitting step from the 1967 referendum.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A voice to parliament would create a genuine engagement platform, not the peacemeal current mess. This relates to all ideas, and allows Indigenous people to speak to the Federal government whilst recognising there may be many fine grain issues that sit at state or local government level.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
They have the knowledge, the culture, the skills to understand the issues and create the solutions. We all want the ability to do this, not be done to.