To whom it may concern
Co-design process: Submission for Johann Dreyer
I’m a South African born immigrant and now a proud citizen of Australia. My life in Australia started in the creative industries and I have now moved over to the humanities. I hold a Masters of Creative Industries and am currently half way through a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I’m hoping to connect with young people through music to support and mentor them however they may need.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I believe that it’s critical for the reconciliation of the First Nation peoples of Australia that they are recognised and respected as the custodians of this land.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
So that it can be protected from different governments that may come in future
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Hopefully it will inform Government of the needs of the people and how they can directly benefit from making choices around their lives and communities
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is a fundamental human right to have self determination and this has not been the case for the First Nations people of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.
I saw the benefits of the truth and reconciliation process in South Africa and I hope the Government will eventually take the steps needed for this process here In Australia