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Submission Number
2556
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date
Main Submission Automated Transcript

Dear Co-Design Body

I am currently a university student studying at the University of Sydney. I
am not Indigenous, but I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I believe the Uluru Statement from the Heart is vital for positive co-existence between Indigenous
and
non-Indigenous communities in Australia. Indigenous peoples continue to face many
disadvantages
today because the problem lies within systemic racism which is built into society via the
constitution.
The constitution allows the government to create policies concerning Indigenous people without
Indigenous peoples having a say in these laws. The laws and policies which are supposed to
protect
Indigenous peoples are often discriminatory and have the opposite effect. The Uluru State offers
hope
for reconciliation by putting forward a resolution to right the wrongs of colonisation. It is an
important step in the development and advancement of Australia as a nation. Aboriginal and
Torres
Strait Islander peoples are the first sovereign Nations of Australia and it is only right that they are
recognised in the constitution.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Many laws and policies concerning Indigenous peoples have failed to promote positive
outcomes.
This is because Indigenous peoples are not given a say in them. Indigenous people are part of
the
solution, so it is important to give them their say in matters that affect them and listen to what
they
have to say. Allowing them to contribute to matters concerning them will reduce the gap
between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across many life outcomes, subsequently promoting
equality
and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The government has
failed
to listen to Indigenous peoples many times throughout history and the detrimental
consequences are
evident through the discrimination and disadvantages that many Indigenous communities
continue to
face even after historical milestones such as the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather
than
include it only in legislation?
Legislation can be repealed at the whim of the government. Enshrining the Voice to Parliament
protects it at a constitutional level. It is a permanent representation that allows Indigenous
peoples to
have their voice heard consistently because the government will not be able to remove, silence or
ignore the Voice when it is convenient for them. This is critical for long-lasting change and
development because laws and policies concerning Indigenous peoples will not be able to be
made or
passed without their advice and approval.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Current laws and policies concerning Indigenous peoples are made by non-Indigenous peoples
who
have never been to Indigenous communities and don't know the people within these
communities. It is
no surprise that these laws and policies don't produce the positive outcomes they are intended
to
produce because there is a lack of understanding. Indigenous people with the most knowledge
regarding the challenges that they face. A Voice to Parliament will allow them to work with the
government in creating solutions to these challenges that are actually productive. This will help
improve the lives of Indigenous communities by empowering Indigenous members of the
community,
promoting better mental and physical health which are associated with better outcomes for
Indigenous
peoples across all aspects of life. Giving Indigenous peoples a voice will also result in more
efficient
use of government funds, allowing for Indigenous-led services such as community-controlled
health
organisations to thrive and reach their potential in closing the health gap between Indigenous
and non-
Indigenous peoples.