Dear Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission for Angela Bodini
I am a non Indigenous Australian and have been involved in consultation committees for work for 10 years + working on Reconciliation action plans with Goodstart Early Learning. I hold a Bachelor Degree in early childhood Education and care. I live on Dharawal land in Wollongong and family are Yuin and Gunai country mob.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
My thoughts go into social justice thinking and the dominant population in Australia have said and promised many things but delivered very little to acknowledge heritage, knowledge and justice that nurtures or cares for little own to improve the quality of life for our First Nations peoples. This document states all the truth and the wishes for us as a whole. To me Reconciliation should be changed to Makarata as this clearly states what is needed for a joint future that has respect, recognition and relationship.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
We need this to not be partisan based. I needs to vbe instilled in a document that cannot be changed at a political whim. Truly start to affect change means we say what we mean and mean what we say. Action and enshrinement in a document that is recognised by all.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
The past decisions have not changed practice and outcomes for First Nations people, wasted money and misplaced resources. No person can truly understand what another persons cultural experiences, traditions or life is nor what is appropriate for the specific community. This question even groups First Nations people as one group and not all Indigenous people think or act alike. The Anglo white society must stop having the arrogance to think they can 'fix' another's life experience.Consultation needs to be tipped to the white voice being the minority at the 'table' of decision making for Indigenous Australians.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
This will bring ideas coming from the communities who need assistance to be self motivated and self sustaining rather than built in dependence based on systemic racism. We need to listen and learning from multi generational knowledge before it disappears. Ideas with different perspective to open thinking to be truly innovative, sustainable and to cherish historical/traditional sites. This will provide perspectives on health systems, legal systems enhancing Makarata.
Australia is a signatory of the UN Convention on the rights of Indigenous People and the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. We need to start living these documents and stop incarcerating Indigenous children from age 10 years. you are locking up children. this is appalling. 14 years is also too young. a voice to Parliament can rethink this practice as a first agenda item. thinking about the 'why' of this and address the root cause. The law needs to change and rehabilitation cultural understanding, health concerns. Finally follow recommendations to cease the deaths in custody. we need to care and work together rather than in isolation.