Co-design process: Submission
On write on behalf of my family; (redacted). We are all proud Nagarabal peoples with strong family links to Bunjalung Country. Arrente Country and Palm Island. We are (redacted) and our mob traditionally lived at Deepwater in Northern NSW. I was born on Ngunnawal Country. (redacted) was born on Ngunnawal Country. (redacted) was born on Turrbul Country. (redacted) was born on Kabi Kabi Country. We all live on Kabi Kabi Country with (redacted), my wife and my children's mother, who is non-Indigenous with her family coming from Aotearoa.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
This land always was and always will be Aboriginal Country.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Nothing about us without us!
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
This Country was never ceded and we are First Nations peoples who have sovereign rights to this land and water.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
We have a sovereign right to this Country and we never ceded sovereignty.
Me, my wife want a better life for our children. Sovereignty is fundamental to meaningful existence.