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Submission Number
2589
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

I’m originally from country Queensland and now live in Brisbane. I work as a support worker with people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. I support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for a First Nations Voice to Parliament Protected by the Constitution of Australia.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is only recently that I have started to understand how the invasion of this country and the brutalisation of the First Nations people has impacted through generations and continues to divide our country. The Uluru Statement of the Heart was the result of a deliberative process that brought together the First Nations people from across this country. It's their collective voice and I am listening. I do not think that we are taught enough about the real history of Australia and how this continent was colonised. This failure has cost us so much. It's time to listen, and I'm convinced this Uluru Statement of the Heart is the perfect opportunity to do so. It's a powerful statement that shifted my understanding.
Why do you think Australia needs a Voice to Parliament?
I strongly believe that constitutional recognition, a voice to parliament and makarrata (as requested by the Uluru Statement from the Heart) is a positive step in terms of healing and reconciliation.
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 needs to be guaranteed so it can't be abolished by whichever government at the time things. It should be a structural part of the governance of this continent.
Why do you think Indigenous people should have a Voice to Parliament?
So much damage has been caused by society’s failure to listen to and understand the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We live in a country divided by racism because of this lack of understanding. It's time for us to listen and to understand the importance of the Voice to Aboriginal People. I welcome the opportunity for truth-telling and a Makaratta, as the subsequent consequences of the Uluru Statement. A Voice to Parliament is a step in the right direction and shows that we are ready to face the truth and move forwards together.