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Submission Number
2828
Participant
Sarah Miller
Submission date

Sarah Miller
Carnegie, VIC 3163

To whom it may concern

Submission for Co-design process

I live on Boonwurrung Land in Victoria. I pay my respects to the Traditional Custodians for their knowledge, their Stories, their culture and leadership. I want my children and my grand children to live in a fair Australia, where we listen to and learn from First Nations people. Iant us to walk together for healing for all. The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a way forward for this nation.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is vital that we recognize the First Nations people of this Country, and that a First Nations Voice to parliament is protected by the Constitution. It is time to listen to the First Nations people. This Uluru Statement was created by First Nations people for all of us.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important to create a better future for all Australians, and especially for First Nations people. We live on their lands. The Statement from the Heart, a constitutionally recognized Voice in Parliament and the Makaratta are all integral to achieving a future for all of us, together.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Legislation can be easily overturned as we have seen time and time again. This is not a symbolic gesture. This is a call for real change, for listening to First Nations people on issues that affect them. This voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution is widely supported by the Australian people, and will be protected in ways that legislation cannot.. Constitutional enshrinement of
a First Nations Voice is the only form of recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples themselves asked for.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Truth telling is long overdue. An initiative led by First Nations people, and supported by the rest of us is a way forward for this Country to heal, and to right the wrongs of the past and the present. We will all benefit by improving the lives of First Nations people,and by listening to and learning from the Oldest continuous culture on the planet.

The Morrison Government needs to hear NOW that constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice has overwhelming support amongst the Australian voting public.

Kind regards,
Sarah Miller