West Footscray VIC 3012
Dear Co-Design Body
Submission for Co-design process
I am a first generation child migrant to Australia, and have accrued the benefit of enormous privilege. I am from the Gills of Taverstock, the Appleyards, and the Thomas's of Wales. I am an altruist and involved with numerous community groups. I have two Master's degrees and work as a public servant in Victoria. I grew up in England, and from about 10 have lived in Melbourne with the exception in my twenties of a five year stay in Far North Queensland. I have had direct personal experience of deeply listening and hearing the land.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The statement is important because it is an aid to the crafting of our souls. It works on both a personal level, as well as a collective level, and is an invitation that on a personal level I cannot ignore.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
I can't speak for Indigenous Australian's, but as it is vital for my own personal and social wellbeing to have agency in matters that affect me it can only be fair and intelligent to start with the assumption it is the same for anybody else.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
I think it needs to have a level of continuity and protection from the politics of the day that a Constitutional concern affords.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Our collective lives can only go so far without addressing the business of Indigenous Australians, and with a Voice to Parliament that business can start to be addressed at the level of concern appropriate to both the task and the opportunity.
I would prefer to see a clear, bipartisan and unambiguous, positive leadership on this matter, or if that isn't possible would be grateful for an opportunity to have a clear, unencumbered personal vote. Thanks you for the opportunity to submit my views.