Dear Co-Design Body
Submission for Co-design process
I grew up in Mudgee, NSW and studied Veterinary Science in Wagga Wagga before moving to Kempsey, NSW to work as a Veterinarian at a local vet clinic. I now live in Inverloch, Victoria.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The statement powerfully describes just how closely attached First Nations peoples are to land and how much European settlement and removal from this land has created cultural dislocation amongst Indigenous Australians. The statement seeks to give a legitimate voice to First Peoples which is essential to rectify the deep structural nature of the issues. Indigenous Australians make up only 3% of Australia’s populations. Because of this their voice often goes unheard making a “Voice” in parliament essential.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Constitutional enshrinement will require a public vote which ensures education of the public of the importance of the the Voice to Parliament. If it is only included in legislation there is a risk it will be scrapped by parliament. Being included in the constitution also confirms the Voice to Parliament’s ongoing legitimacy.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Reestablishing culture and tradition is a giant step towards true reconciliation and equality. If young local kids, indigenous and non-indigenous, are aware and proud of Australia’s first culture, it will help with a sense of belonging and assist in improving the foundations of which to base a positive and happy existence.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Only indigenous peoples can truely understand the needs of their own people.