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Alex Gillespie
Ngunawal and Ngambri Country
Queanbeyan NSW 2620

To Co-Design Body

Submission for Co-design process

Thylacine specialise in the design and delivery of public environments that connect the visitor personally and physically to an experience and story. We are a multi-award-winning team with extensive experience in the planning, design, fabrication and delivery of interpretive, commemorative and educational projects including exhibitions, interactives, public art and cultural projects around Australia and internationally. We work on Ngunawal, Ngambri and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country and through our work many stories of Australia’s First People are shared or interpreted, following cultural exchange and consultation.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
After over 200 years of colonised history there is an imbalance which needs to be redressed in Australia. Significant truth telling is needed and focused work must be done to remedy the enduring inequity resulting from colonisation. Voice, Treaty, Truth - these reforms will enable our nation to move forward together.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Indigenous Australians have a unique understanding and knowledge of this land, according to science this knowledge and culture has continued for over 60,000 years. It is especially important to amplify Traditional Owners’ voices across the country so that our society as a whole can benefit from their deep cultural knowledge in caring for country in this time of ecological crisis. All communities around Australia, including the ones we live and work in and partner with, will benefit from this Voice being heard and having a bigger impact.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Lobbying for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition has placed the Constitution front and centre in the minds of many who would otherwise not give it much thought. The Constitution is not a relic of a past era, but a legal framework that has status and currency in Australian democracy. It is important to recognise First Nations people and allow their Voice in Parliament, to be protected and enshrined in the constitution, so that it cannot be withdrawn or weakened by the impulses of changing governments.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Everyone deserves agency, it is only fair that Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decisions that impact their lives and communities. To ensure lasting change, communities and their allies are best placed to understand how and where to take action to remedy both systemic and ingrained problems, and when new issues arise.

Thank you,
Alex Gillespie