(redacted) Burleigh Waters QLD 4220.
Dear Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission for simone jenkins
Being a single mother of 2 kids, lucky enough to be living on the Gold Coast in QLD, I felt compelled to submit my support for the Uluru Statement and appreciate this opportunity to show some kind of excitement about these next steps we could take as a nation.
At a tertiary level, I studied a Science/Laws combined degree, as well as now doing my masters online in environmental law. I also own my own business in hospitality that employs around 30 people, so I'm busy but never too busy to show support for this great initiative.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It seems extremely bizarre and outdated to me that the voice of indigenous Australians is not enshrined in the Constitution. The Uluru Statement is a long overdue step in correcting this situation and is a social justice measure that I'm sure most of Australia would support. The matter should urgently go to Referendum, so a unified position can be leveraged in changing the status quo. It is unconscionable to expect First Nations people to be unrepresented this way in decisions that directly relate to their communities.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
The pillars of the Uluru statement: voice, treaty and truth, can help bridge some of the gap between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities where I live - the Jellurgal local mob would respond with joy if they could be heard at Parliament and Australia as a social organism would be more harmonised. Our children could see that we, as a nation, make changes to things when we see they are unjust - like the lack of enshrined constitutional rights for indigenous people. A referendum, the Australian people, would decide this reform - not politicians or their parties - and in this sense, it would be a unified and socially just endeavour of which we could collectively be proud.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Perhaps this question would be better reversed and we should be asking "how have we come this far without indigenous people having a say in the matters that affect them"? Fairly clearly there are human rights issues embedded in a situation where such a significant minority has woefully adequate constitutional recognition. Without the input of indigenous voices on indigenous issues, how can the solutions to these issues be well crafted and appropriate? As a nation are wasting resources in any policy scenario that is drafted without First Nation input, because initiatives directed towards them will lack grass roots acceptance and uptake.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Because legislation can be changed and altered by those in power at the time. The Constitution cannot - it is only able to be altered by the people as whole.
Please, can we move in the right and moral direction here - we need to put ourselves in the position of indigenous Australians and realise they have had nothing but insult upon injury from the very moment the Australian Constitution was drafted. Ignoring their right to be heard any more is simply wrong.