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Angelina Smith
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Angelina Smith

To whom it may concern

Submission to Co-design process

My name is Angelina Smith. I am psychologist working as a clinical consultant for headspace schools. I work with schools to support with the implementation of wellbeing intiatives and to support to respond to critical incidents. I am from South of Sydney. I live on the land of the Dharawal people. I acknowledge that is always was and always will be First Nations land.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
For so long the strength and resilience of First Nations people has not been at the forefront of our learnings and culture. Systemic racism and integenerational trauma are the cause of so much pain and suffering. Change is needed in Australia. We need equity for First Nations people. The Uluri Statement recognises this and gives an informed path forward. Australia needs to stop hiding from the truth in order to heal and recover. Equity will not be achieved until the voices of First Nations people are heard and actioned.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
As a non first nations person I feel I am I'll informed to answer this. However I do believe that we are privlidged to learn from the oldest cultures in the world. There is so much to learn from the beauty, strength and evolving nature of these cultures.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
It's our truth. It is only hiding away from this by avoiding it in our constitution. Constitutional recognition allows us to move forward honouring the real history.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It's an absolute no brainer and I am dumbfounded that this is not already present. How can you make decisions that impact people's lives when you have no idea of what the experience and need is.

Thank you,
Angelina Smith