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Joseph Palmer
Submission date

Joseph Palmer
Sydney, NSW

To Co-Design Body

Co-design process: Submission for Joseph Palmer

I am studying a diploma in Sustainability at the University of Sydney, it is my first year. I completed my Bachelor of Paramedic Practice in 2016 and worked as a Paramedic in the UK for 4 years. I was born in the UK in Surrey, I moved to the Central Coast in Australia when I was 9 and grew up around Terrigal/Erina/Matcham area.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I think it is important to bring this huge issue to the table. The statement itself does not go far enough for the first nation people, and does not give them enough rights and say in the way Australia is led and the way their own lives are led. However I am submitting this because I believe it is a first step to shed light on this and move towards the fundamental change in which is needed.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important for anyone to have a say in matters that affect them. Everyone should have a voice and a platform in which that voice is listened to and heard, and given authority. Since colonisation Indigenous Australians have had their voice trampled and crushed. Scott Morrison bring the Minister for Indigenous Australians is just completely backwards and disgusting. It is important because already so much of the indigenous culture and traditions and sustainable living and food harvesting practices have been destroyed. Removing some of the barriers and to stop repressing their rights and voice would be justice, eqality, compassion, rather than the current idealogy of ignorance, fear mongoring, racism, debilitation.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
I live in Newtown. This would allow Indigenous Australians to feel part of the community more, and to take a step towards equality. There is a clear segregation at the moment that nobody wants. Because of history and because of current systemic racism and discrimination there is a feeling of hopelessness. My University is built on land stolen from the Gadigal people, every day we acknowledge this is stolen land but can do nothing else except acknowledge it. Giving Indigenous people more power, more autonomy, more authority would bring about incredible changes to our community that we can't even imagine yet.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
It has to be protected. Legilation could be removed at any moment. Any thing that is this important must be enshrined in the constitution to protect it from being removed as soon as some prime minister feels it doesn't serve them. It is important for it to be in the constitituion for Indigenous Australians to feel secure in the idea that their voice has authority and security and can not be tossed away

This is not enough New Zealand has a system in which they record the population of Maori identifying individuals and assign seats proportionately to the amount recorded, Maori poeple also have the choice to vote for the specifically Maori seats or the general NZ seats. The Uluru Statement is a step, but It is not enough. To have true justice we need a fundamental change in the way we address this. Firstly Scott Morrison needs to give position of Minister for Indigenous Australians to an Indigenous Australian

Kind regards,
Joseph Palmer