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Submission Number
2524
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date
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Main Submission Automated Transcript

I make this submission to the Indigenous Voice Co-Design process, as a non-Indigenous parent to two
proud and deadly Bidjara and Torres Strait Islander boys. I have been given the greatest privilege of
being able to walk alongside my children and our extended family and am lucky enough to see my
children grow up strong in their culture and their sense of self. It has had a profound impact on my life
and started me on a journey of reflection, truth-hearing and consciousness of how I get to walk through
society and the injustice of that privilege whilst I walk on Aboriginal land. I fervently believe this is a
journey I and every Australian should be on. It will be a life ling journey for me to walk alongside my
children and continue to learn and deeply listen. I strongly call for an Indigenous Voice to be enshrined
in the Constitution and for a Voice to be established at local, regional and national levels. I know without
a doubt that in order for change to occur, a First Nations Voice must be at the heart of decision making
for First Nations People. Our First Nations young people deserve to have a place for their voice, and
space to proudly claim and celebrate the wonder of their culture and the achievements of their People.
The Uluru Statement speaks to what a remarkable opportunity we have as a nation to enrich all of our
lives and protect and enrich the future of this country. It says “when we have power over our destiny
our children will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country”. We have an
opportunity as a nation to take the first, very important and long overdue steps towards hearing the
truth of our past, acknowledging the rightful place of First Nations Peoples and being blessed by the gift
of a Voice which carries the knowledge and wisdom of the oldest continuous culture on Earth.