Dear Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission for Eva Baranyai
I teach architecture at Curtin University in Perth, I immigrated from Hungary 8 years ago.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
To provide a constitutional voice in parliament to Indigenous Australians who are mostly excluded from the running of this country.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Constitutional inclusion is more powerful, easier to enforce.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
It’s important that the Voice to Parliament is not a Western representative. Too often Indigenous people are excluded by being represented by non-Indigenous politicians and policy makers. This is sometimes done with good intent but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a form of exclusion.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Because they are under a leadership that excludes Indigenous Australians and is ignorant or completely unaware of Indigenous culture.