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Submission Number
2512
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

Old Bar 2430

To whom it may concern,
Submission to Co-design process – Voice, Treaty, Truth
My name is (redacted). I am a Primary School Teacher living and working on Biripi land, on the beautiful mid-north coast of NSW. I grew up on Gadigal country and feel so lucky to have been born in such an exceptional part of the world. In Australia, we truly are the lucky ones.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
Indigenous Australians are our First People. We have the longest continuing culture in the entire world, and yet we do not celebrate this on a world stage. We don't even celebrate it here at home – for hundreds of years we simply have not been listening. The Uluru Statement is the gentle, respectful, considered voice of our First People, asking us to right this wrong. The voice of our Nation's very heart and soul showing us the way forward. This voice must be enshrined in our constitution so that governments can’t make the same mistakes again. This voice must be enshrined in our constitution so our leaders listen to our First People, now and in the future.
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 is the founding document of our very society. How can it be that our First People are not celebrated loudly and proudly within our founding document? Constitutional recognition means the Voice of our First People is appreciated and listened to forever, not just while one government remains in power.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
I teach Indigenous children every day. I also teach non-Indigenous children, who make up the majority of our school enrolment. We are a strong, proud and passionate community who celebrate our local Biripi culture every day. It is my job to inspire and empower the students I teach to be proud of who they are, where they come from and the voice they have to change the world. After all, are these not the ultimate goals of education? Every one of the students I teach have the power to make real change. But some of them don’t see it. They see their parents, families and communities kept silent. So it is time for change. The kids I teach need to see, hear and feel that they have a voice. That their families and community have a voice. A voice that will be listened to. Every child has the power to make change for the better. Especially Indigenous Australian children.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Empowerment. Encouragement. Pride. Respect. All of which have been denied for hundreds of years.

The time for change is now.

Kind regards,