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Aleks Allison
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Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is my belief that the Australian Constitution and its political system has, since its inception, created such a misguided, severe and abusive approach to the understanding, recognition and treatment of Australia’s first peoples. I believe it is us, the non-indigenous population, who have the wrong understanding of Aboriginal peoples and we enact our constitution, laws and regulations upon Aboriginal people from this wrong and hurtful perspective. The continuous effects of colonisation on Australia's first nations peoples has not lessened and continues to worsen, the gap between Indigenous population and non Indigenous population is too severe for people to do nothing to try and change it. I believe a real a genuine unification of Indigenous and non indigenous people through legal constitutional recognition is the staring point for Australia's progression and improvement as a nation.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
We only need remember the historic and ongoing suffering caused to the Stolen Generation by the implementation of colonial laws imposed by those in power who dictated to Australia’s first nation people their idea of justice. To help correct this fundamental flaw in our approach to our Indigenous people we need to fully adopt and implement the Uluru Statement of the Heart which has three foundational requirements, they are: 1. A constitutionally enshrined Voice in Parliament. 2. A Treaty based on the recognition of Australia’s first peoples. 3. A Truth commission, so as all Australians can begin to reconcile our history. We need to do this in the order outlined in the Statement, so let’s be clear the first step is a constitutionally enshrined Voice in Parliament. This will mean the voice is unwavering and solid. There can be no argument against it and therefore its effectiveness will be even better. Endless excuses to not do this now are more manifestations of the flawed view that created our painful history asserting its will over our first nation’s people yet again.
Why do you think Australia needs a Voice to Parliament?
Indigenous Australians are the first and only real inhabitants of this country. Australians only exist because of the contributions of Indigenous Australian weather this was recognised or not. The true identity of this country depends on the health and success of Indigenous Australians. They are the true reflection of Australia's fundamental basis for existence and so their voice combined with non Indigenous voice becomes the voice of Australia.
Why do you think Indigenous people should have a Voice to Parliament?
Having a voice in parliament will begin to change the currently inefficient systemic approach to Indigenous affairs and issues. The English model for politics overall is not appropriate for nations where laws and beliefs are different. The entire system fails over and over again Indigenous Australians as well as non Indigenous. For there to be any chance of change, there needs to be proper change and recognition starting from the top levels of parliament and policy.
At age 25 there is a very valuable lesson I have learnt from life. The lesson is this: When we truly do not understand another human’s personal experience of life and the story and culture of meaning they create from it then we default to interpreting and judging their experience and story from our own belief and value system. When we internalise and keep such judgements to ourselves yet still need to relate to such people the outcome is often a poor and awkward relationship but when have a position of authority, decision making and/or power over such people the outcomes can be far more severe and abusive often leading to the subjugation and disenfranchisement of people and their culture We have seen the tragic outcomes of such behaviour throughout human history. This attitude exists not only for Indigenous Australians but refugees and other ethnic communities. It cannot continue it defies the basic good nature of people and disrupts the peace of human society.

Yours sincerely, Aleks Allison