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Submission Number
2631
Participant
Mitzi Swan
Submission date

Mitzi Swan
Preston 3072

Dear Co-Design Body

Submission to Co-design process

I live in Melbourne and grew up in North Queensland on a sheep and cattle station. I am a student in writing and editing at RMIT University. I have eight children and six grandchildren.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart sets out clear guidelines for furthering improvement in conditions for First Nations Australians and reconciliation between First Nations Australians and the wider Australian community.

Only First Nations peoples have the lived experience of what affects them. Therefore it's essential that they have a say in those matters.

I think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation, because only then can it be ensured that First Nations peoples will have the power to have their voices heard in a meaningful way.

A Voice to Parliament could improve the lives of my community in raising awareness of the issues and furthering respect and reconciliation.

The time for big changes is now. We as Australians need to act to promote better understanding and hence life quality for all Australians. As white Australians I and my children and their children have a responsibility to play our part in furthering respect and support for First Nations Australians.

Thank you,