Dear Co-Design Body
Submission to Co-design process
I live and work in Sydney and my work takes me to many parts of Australia.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is so important because it is a clear call to all Australians to acknowledge our past and to create a future that is better. It captures the generosity of spirit of Indigenous Australia and the incredible opportunity for the country in embracing and celebrating the oldest living culture on earth.
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 about who we are as a country. It represents a core principle about how this country should operate and it belongs at the highest level of our legal structures. Not subject to whims of passing governments but standing solid for all time. The details can and should change as we change but the principle should stand.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
The Voice to Parliament is a critical first step for Australia to take in redressing the past and in creating a future which truly includes and celebrates the knowledge of this place which resides in Indigenous communities. It will allow us to make better and more inclusive decisions but it will also fundamentally shift our hearts and minds.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important for every Indigenous person to have a say in matters that affect them. It simply cannot be otherwise.