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Submission Number
2444
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

To Co-Design Body

Submission to Co-design process

I am not a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, and, to my loss, do not have close family or friends who are. I do however serve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons regularly in the duties of carrying out my work as a public servant.

It is clear to me in my communication with my Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers that many approach contact with government departments and services with trepidation, distrust and without confidence in themselves to speak their truths or raise questions. This is understandable given the history of our country and our nation's relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It should be an inalienable truth that Indigenous people should have a say in matters that affect them as constituents and the traditional owners of their unceded lands.

A constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament however would not only help to balance the current disenfranchisement of Indigenous people and their voices, but would be a step towards creating a culture in which Indigenous Australians feel that their voice is important and wanted, that they are not only allowed to have a say in matters that affect them, but that what they have to say matters, not only to their own peoples, but to the nation as a whole. With youth suicides so high in Indigenous communities, this is the sort of self-worth fostering message youth need to be hearing from the us as a nation.

That Indigenous peoples voices must be included should not be at the discretion of the government of the day. To service it's purpose it must be undeniable. This is why it must be enshrined in the constitution rather than through legislation.

Thank you