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Co-design process: Submission for Duana Stanley
I grew up in Brisbane and studied Science and Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Both of my parents are Australian. One is descended from people who lived in what is now modern day Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. One is descended from people who lived in what is now modern day Britain.
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
A truly multicultural Australia acknowledges, protects and supports the cultures of the country’s First Peoples.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
The constitution outlines the structure of parliament so it makes sense for it to be in there.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Although I was born an Australian citizen, I never felt like a real Australian because all the prominent voices I saw and heard growing up were those of white Australians. The first time I felt truly welcome was when the Indigenous people of Australia, through their public voice, made me feel welcome. They should have a voice to parliament because we should want to always hear from them, and I don’t want future young Australians to grow up without hearing from Indigenous people.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important for all people to have a say in matters that affect them.