(redacted) Wollongong 2500
Dear Co-Design Body
Submission to Co-design process
I am a white Australian woman living on Dharawal land. I work at the University of Wollongong, previously as a teacher and now as an professional administrator. I am a mother of 3 children and live in Wollongong, where I was born.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru statement from the heart is important because it was written by Aboriginal people who for too long have not had a voice in decision-making by Australian governments.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
This is not about me directly, but it is about integrity for all Australians through the creation of a fairer situation for the people whose land we live on, who have been deprived of so much.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Legislation is smaller than the Constitution, it deserves a place in the overriding document as a fundamental of a healthier nation for all our futures.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important for Aboriginal people to have a say in matters that affect them because they have been governed by colonial powers who are still imposing cultural beliefs that don't serve First Nations communities.