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Submission Number
2452
Participant
Laura Pieraccini
Submission date

When I came to Adelaide in 1970, for love, having met my Australian husband overseas, I was amazed at the lack of Aboriginal representation in Parliament. Later, there was ATSIC but it was abolished on the charges of misappropriation of funds or nepotism, charges never proved.
Now, decades after the Stolen Generation and Bringing Them Home reports, and 30 years after the Deaths in Custody report the recommendation of which were never fully implemented, after 10 or more years after The Bridging the Gap report and the NT Interventions, The Native Title recognition that this land WAS inhabited, after all these efforts the tragic situation of Australia's native population and original inhabitants has been getting worse.
The rate of incarceration of Aboriginal youth has skyrocketed, deaths in custody are a continuous tragedy, Aboriginal children are still removed from their homes and the Health and Education outcomes are well below the rest of Australians.
The Uluru Statement from tha Heart asks for a VOICE TO Parliament. It is a good idea as even dadicating a percentage of the elected Member of Parliament to Aboriginal candidates would not guarantee a successful representation, although it may be worth considering allocating Senate seats for that purpose. Having a voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution would make sure no Government can dismiss it. It should not be responsible for the allocation of funds which should be the responsibility of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, hopefully an Aboriginal person elected by all the voting Aboriginal people around the country (There must be a way to do that). A VOICE TO Parliament, to advise and shape Government decisions concerning Aboriginal Communities, remote and urban, to help them to reach their full potential and be valued for their contribution to our understanding of this land.
A new, deeper and stronger voice than ATSIC. Since 2005 when ATSIC was abolished by Howard, the original custodians of this land were silenced. It is high time a new referendum be run as most settlers from the UK, Ireland and now the whole world, will want the recognition of an Aboriginal VOICE TO Parliament.
I hope a sense of justice will prevail among the Politicians and that this very long overdue reform can take place.
Yours in hope
Laura Pieraccini,
PARKSIDE, SA 5063