To whom it may concern
Submission for Co-design process
My name is Cath Renwick, I was born in the suburbs of Sydney in 1956, Cadigal Country. Over the years I have lived and worked in a variety of places in NSW and Victoria. In my 30s I studied natural and cultural heritage management, with the aim of being a National Park Ranger and this was where I first learnt about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and Country. Subsequently I became an Heritage Interpretation specialist - helping people understand why some things are important enough to keep for future generations and, of course, much Aboriginal cultural heritage is important in this way. These days I am retired on Djiringanj Yuin Country and I am an enthusiastic volunteer - one of my roles is as a volunteer tourism guide on Barunguba Montague Island off shore from Narooma, NSW. The Uluru Statement from the Heart is important because it was requested and it resulted from came from much collaboration and discussion as requested from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is important because it was requested from Indigenous people and and it resulted from much collaboration and discussion. It is extremely important
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Once we have meaningful collaborative government, guided by Indigenous peoples and working in line with Indigenous peoples needs we will all grow together rather than apart and that will be good for everyone--the whole nation.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Indigenous people should have some autonomy in the things that affect their lives - it has been way too long coming in Australia. As colonisers, and as a rich nation state, we should do what Indigenous people ask us to and provide a voice in parliament given the catastrophic state many Indigenous families find themselves. The "gap" in so many education and health and housing options is disgraceful for a nation such as ours.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
This must be a consitiutional change rather that a political change--so we have make the changes last forever.
Please just get on with it - there is NO TIME TO WASTE.