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Submission Number
2992
Participant
Marguerite Evans-Galea
Submission date

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Co-design process: Submission for Marguerite Evans-Galea

I am a scientist, executive and entrepreneur. I am Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and co-founder and co-chair of Women in STEMM Australia. I have led international research programs at world-leading organisations in the United States and Australia, and received awards for my research and leadership. An internationally recognised advocate for inclusion, allyship and diversity, I cofounded and co-chair the Women in STEMM Australia Board. I also served on the inaugural Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality in Victoria, and is an Ambassador for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. A renowned advocate for STEMM research, education and innovation, I have served with advisory groups in State and Federal government, and communicate on a range of science-related topics via social and mainstream media. I am also a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). I grew up in Mackay, North Queensland and attended a public state school. I was first in my family to go to University and had to relocate to Brisbane to do so. I completed my PhD in Sydney.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is important because Indigenous people came together and presented a collective voice - so powerful and meaningful. We need to listen, learn and unlearn, and walk together toward reconciliation.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Because I am astonished it isn’t there already. Indigenous people need to be rightfully acknowledged, recognised and heard.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Having experienced a low socioeconomic upbringing in a regions area, I feel strongly that Australia needs an Indigenous voice to Parliament. We need to bond and work more closely as communities as new challenges arise, especially with our changing climate and water security. There’s so much knowledge-sharing to happen and we could learn so much from each other to improve life for all of us.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Because Indigenous people are living their challenges everyday. Through facing and experiencing challenges, we also see solutions. They have the solutions. They need a voice. They deserve to have a say just like any of us in Australia.

Strongly support and wish this campaign every success. It’s a reconciled and respectful Australia that we all want to live in.

Thank you,
Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM