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Submission Number
Submission date

Botany NSW 2019

To whom it may concern

Submission for Co-design process

Hi - I'm a migrant from the UK. Arrived here to live permanently in 1985 and have lived in Sydney pretty much ever since. I've studied here as a mature student, and worked in a number of different areas - audio producer at what was previously known as the Royal Blind Society, edited books and magazines and now work as a freelance editor and writer. I believe wholeheartedly in social justice, compassion and inclusivity, and believe that Australia is failing on all those counts.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
Because it is the only way to heal the great injustices created by white invasion of this country.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Because until it is, it will only be subject to change, reduction, erosion, annihilation at the whim of political expedience. It must become the bedrock of our civic life.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Because EVERYTHING that happens in this country affects them and should be effected by them.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
As a non-Indigenous person, I live an entitled life. A Voice to Parliament would help to correct the balance of that entitlement. No one should be left behind, be silenced, be hidden. It's very important to me that the concept of 'entitlement' is banished, and that, instead, every soul in this country has a voice that can be heard and considered.

I hope with all my heart that this will happen in my lifetime. It has been far too long in the making. Go well, and I look forward to a better Australia.

Thank you,