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I am a retired maths teacher and with my family I have lived at various times in Melbourne and in country Victoria, Newcastle, Perth, and Brisbane. My grandchildren live in Victoria.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart came from consultations with Indigenous people all over Australia and so speaks for all First Nations people.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
They are not children and should not be treated as though they are incapable of speaking for themselves. Because of their traditions they have values and beliefs which are different from other Australians and since these need to be taken into account in any decisions affecting them so they must be involved.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Indigenous people would feel and be seen as equals.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
The Voice is so important that it must be permanent and by enshrining it in the constitution it is protected from the whims of the government of the day.

Followup legislation to enable the Voice must be passed in the first term of parliament after the referendum.

Kind regards,