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Dawn Davis
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My name is Dawn Davis and I am the 81 year old mother of five Aboriginal children. Their father, Alf Davis, was a Cobble Cobble man who worked for Queensland Rail his whole life.

I am writing to ask for my voice to be heard via a referendum on a constitutionally enshrined Voice. I am a former school teacher of English. Due to circumstances I raised my children in Eagleby, Qld in a housing commission home as a single parent for their schooling. Each of them worked hard to study and take advantage of all the mechanisms in place for social mobility from the Housing Commission home we lived in, to the universal health care system to education. I am proud of all my children’s achievements. Each of them has a university degree and two have doctorates.

Each of them were students of Australian politics and Aboriginal politics, Australian literature and Australian literature and each have turned their minds to the ways in which this nation can do better and be better for those who cannot always talk for themselves. They are all champions of the underclass and the underdog and their own mob. Each has devoted their lives to the public service of others.

This year I am 82. I want to see some change in my lifetime. Physically I am no longer mobile and I postal vote. But I will use my walker to get to the ballot box to vote ‘YES’ in a referendum. I will use my walker to be one in this movement of the Australian people for a better future. Do not let this opportunity go by. My daughter has devoted 10 years of her life to this work for the Australian government and the Australian people and I want her to come home.
Yours sincerely,
Dawn Davis



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