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Submission Number
2447
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

I was born and raised in country Queensland. I am an educator, counsellor and performer. As a privileged white Australian I feel sad, frustrated and angry that the gift of the Uluru Statement from the Heart has not been respected and honoured by our government. This carefully researched and constructed document was shockingly dismissed by our then Prime Minister, and four years on we want some real action to be taken.
I believe our government must honour its commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice of our First Nations people has been settled. Our First Nations Australians have not had the opportunity to take their rightful place in important discussions and policy making negotiations. I strongly support dialogue grounded in cultural authority and processes. I, and so many other Australians, agree that First Nations voices and perspectives need to be listened to and considered deeply. I want to walk with our First Nations People towards a more reconciled, peaceful and equitable future. The wisdom of our First Nations People has been too long ignored or misunderstood. We cannot put this off any longer. It is time that The First Nations Voice be heard and protected by our constitution, so that moving forward with agreement making (treaty) and truth telling, can be done in a culturally appropriate and equitable way.
We have an opportunity to do the right thing and give authority and legitimacy to the Voice of our First Nation people, by recognising their Voice in the Constitution. For too long our First Nations people have not had a process of collective self determination. We desperately need social and political reform informed by the previously unheard voices of our First Nations people. We need to confront and resolve the long standing political and social inequities now. The continual misunderstanding and disenfranchisement of our First Nations people must be addressed at the grassroots level where previously unheard voices can become part of the bigger conversations. Let’s make it happen for a better Australia for us all.