Dear Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission for Carolyn Cage
I am an academic researcher and journalist from Wurundjuri Country.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is important in recognising our rich history and culture and giving our First Nations people a voice.
A Voice to Parliament can help stop deaths in custody, the high suicide rate, and low life expectancy Indigenous people face as a result of colonisation. The challenges facing many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are intergenerational. It is right that there is a Voice that can withstand the changes of short-term electoral cycles and changes in policy. Previous voices have been vulnerable to abolition by governments, but the challenges remain. Constitutional backing for a Voice gives it the certainty and continuity needed to make real, long-term change in communities.
It is important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them as they know the land and their community better than anyone else, and we need their voice in helping to bridge the gap.
A Voice to Parliament should be enshrined in the Australian Constitution because it is a fair and practical reform that will have a real impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.