Warabrook NSW 2304
To whom it may concern
Co-design process: Submission for Coby Delaney
I am a proud Wiradjuri man, currently living and working in Newcastle NSW. I grew up in Orange, before moving to Newcastle in 2008. I have a Bachelor of Business Management from CSU, and am currently self employed as a web developer, with clients across NSW and Australia. During my time in Newcastle I have been actively involved with a number of charities, as well as sponsoring and volunteering with the local Rugby club.
The importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart cannot be overstated. Aboriginal people suffer huge disparities in education, employment, imprisonment, and a number of other areas. And yet these disparities are seen as expected - a normal part of Aboriginal life. Policies and laws contribute to these issues, and set an unjust expectation that is then reflected in society as a whole. Empowerment for Aboriginal people begins with a Voice.
Throughout my education, both formal and informal, my understanding of the issues facing my people has broadened. My understanding of the fundamental societal and political issues that face them, and the lack of agency they are given in dealing with these matters. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be given a say in these matters, as having decisions made on their behalf by non-indigenous people only exacerbates the problem.
Without inclusion in the Constitution, this Voice to Parliament has no protection. Enshrinement not only shows that government is serious about including an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in parliament, but it also adds legitimacy to the Voice. Constitutional change is vital to ensure recognition, empowerment and rightful positioning for our people.
A Voice to Parliament would provide a platform for laws and policies to be shaped by the people that are affected most by them. It will help ensure these laws and policies are less likely to fail, are more targeted, and a more effective at solving community problems and meet community needs.