Boon Warrung Country
Dear Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission
I was born, grew up and still live in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. I am heartened that my children are learning more about Aboriginal culture and history than I did and they are also more aware of the deep injustices faced by Aboriginal people. I work in education, I want Aboriginal history to be embedded in all aspects of education and I want Aboriginal children and young people to have the same opportunities as all children.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
The Uluru Statement from the heart provides a vision for an Australia that can grow and mature by accepting its past and righting those wrongs by giving Aboriginal peoples the voice they have been denied for too long.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Aboriginal people should be given a say in all matters that affect them, they have been denied this for too long. Decisions have been made without respect to their many cultural traditions or their past traumas.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
First Nations Voice, protected by the Constitution, will mean that agreement-making and truth-telling can finally be done on equal terms.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
I believe that an Aboriginal voice to Parliament will have positive impacts on all Australians, not only Aboriginal Australians. It will provide a foundation for Anglo-Australians for reconciliation and a deeper engagement with the long history of this country.