To Co-Design Body,
Submission to Co-design process
I am a proud, fourth-generation Australian. My great-great-grandparents settled on the
Eyre Peninsula in South Australia around 1848. I was born in Canberra while my father
was working at the ANU, but both sides of our family live in and around Adelaide. I now
live in Queensland and go back often to SA.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is important to hear, and recognise and RESPECT our First Nations People, and to
HEAL our country.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
As a country, together with the First Nations People, we can move together FORWARD
and not be held back by our disturbing history of treating them so appallingly, denying
their basic rights!
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is fair that Indigenous Australians have a say in the policies and laws that affect them.
It will be good for their self-esteem and overall, as a group of people. It is LONG
overdue! It is time our country listened to the First Nations People and supported what
they have asked for. It is the right thing to do.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution,
rather than include it only in legislation?
I support a First Nations voice to parliament enshrined in the Constitution. This will give
our First Nations the proper recognition that they deserve as the traditional owners.
Legislation is not enough.
This will be a big step in the right direction for everyone, especially the First Nations
people; something that all Australians can be proud of!