KEW 3101 VIC
To whom it may concern
Submission for Co-design process
I'm , I grew up in Sweden and immigrated to Australia in 2005. I was struck by how little people around me knew about first nations history, culture, traditions, issues and what they have to say. I set about to study indigenous history, art and culture as well as issues and current affairs, and was in awe with its richness but dismayed by the lack of knowledge and focus in schools and society.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is self-determination that will close the gap. 50 years since the referendum and still no voice has been given to first nation people.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
It would be a greater understanding, we should be proud of our 60,000 year history, the current injustice in society needs to be changed and all Australians treated equally.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
It needs to be protected and recognised by the constitution and self determination is the only way to close the gap. First nations people is the heart and soul of this country and with a physical present in Canberra we will embrace the soul and wisdom of indigenous people and lift the game and have a better and bigger impact in parliament. We need a real voice!
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
They need to be protected by the constitution and have an enshrined voice, aboriginal and Torres straight people know what is best for them.