Dear Co-Design Body
I live on Kaurna Country in so-called Adelaide, South Australia. I am an Australian that supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the call for an Indigenous Voice in Parliament as outlined in the Indigenous Voice Discussion Paper. I am so upset by the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in this country. The ongoing suffering of First Nations communities across Australia is unacceptable and I cannot stand to see such injustices continue.
I find it abhorrent that the Australian Government has chosen ignorance for over 200 years. Ignorance to the fact that the oldest known culture on this planet deserves the right to influence decisions that impact their own lives. Ignorance to the fact that an Indigenous Voice in Parliament would better the damning statistics outlined in the Close the Gap Report on Indigenous child mortality rates, reading, writing and numeracy, early childhood education, school attendance, Year 12 attainment, employment outcomes, life expectancy and also deaths in custody, which in the 30 years since the Royal commission has not improved! Ignorance to the fact that the liberation of First Nations people would benefit all Australians and that the knowledge and cultural practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is vital to a brighter future for Australia.
I completely endorse the Indigenous Voice Discussion Paper. There absolutely must be a referendum following the settlement of the Voice. After the referendum in the next term of Parliament legislation to enable the Voice must be enacted. The membership body of the Voice must embody the diversity of First Nations people and facilitate representation across local, regional and national levels, offering a fair opportunity of leadership for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.