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Submission Number
2478
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

To Co-Design Body

Submission for Co-design process

As a second generation Australian woman who has worked in a variety of industries in the private and public sectors, my connection to family is central to my identity. I recognise that my belief in my voice being heard by our leaders is not universal so I am raising my voice today in support of the First Nations people of this country.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement From the Heart is so important as it is a starting point determined by Australia’s First Nations people for the journey to true reconciliation.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
The constitution of this country is where the equal human rights for First Nations people were clearly and officially stripped away and is therefore the right place in which to redress this issue. The Government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled to ensure that a First Nations Voice to Parliament is protected by the Constitution. Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
There can be no true reconciliation in Australia without an acknowledgement of the injustices done and an embracing of the recommendations from First Nations people about how to heal and build a future of equity and understanding.

Why do you think a Voice to Parliament is important?
We cannot succeed in healing past injustices without the voice of First Nations people at the centre of our Parliamentary decision making. The membership model for the National Voice must ensure previously unheard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same chance of being selected as established leadership figures.

Thank you