To whom it may concern
Co-design process: Submission for Deb Sestak
I grew up and live in Melbourne on Boonerong and Wurindjeri land.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is so so important for our country. It comes from the heart of the people who’s land we live on. We need to change the culture of this country to acknowledge the heritage and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people .
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
We must acknowledge their rights, hear their voice and create pathways for leadership.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
A voice to parliament demonstrates that as a nation we respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It would help us all to understand the lives and experiences of the first peoples.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
As the first people of this nation indigenous people must be respected and honoured. Only they can know what is needed and what is important for their people and communities.