Submissions Library

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Submission – Sarah Tucker

This submission is a letter sent by Sarah Tucker to The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister, and the Department of Cabinet. In the letter, she expresses profound disappointment and disgust at the decision to exclude Indigenous women from the Domestic Violence panel. The domestic violence panel is a part of the Australian National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children and aims to provide practical advice to the Government on further action to prevent gender-based violence. By not including First Nations voices, Sarah argues that the panel fails to address the systematic issues perpetuating violence against Indigenous women.

The submission also includes a copy of the letter for wider use.

Size: 70.16 KB
Date: 12 June 2024

Submission – First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing

First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing’s (FPHW) is an Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation (ACCHO) providing affordable primary healthcare services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People and their families in urban Melbourne.

This submission from FPHW is a response to Yoorrook’s health inquiry and details:

  • Inequities in the Medicare and My Medicare systems
  • Inequities faced by those under the ACCHO Award
  • Inherent mistrust of ACCHOs by funders and the associated excessive administrative burdens
  • Data sovereignty
  • Interactions with mainstream providers
Size: 308.33 KB
Date: 6 June 2024

Submission – Campaspe/Loddon Aboriginal Communities

This submission from Campaspe/Loddon Aboriginal Communities outlines concerns about the transition away from IFVRAGs (Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Groups) under the implementation of Dhelk Dja action plan. It raises questions about equity, non-Aboriginal decision-makers, and the need for Aboriginal self-determination.

Size: 93.83 KB
Date: 4 June 2024

Submission – Anonymous 622

This submission highlights instances of racism against First Peoples, both towards teachers and students within the education system.

Size: 104.27 KB
Date: 31 May 2024

Submission – Cliff Wandin

Cliff Wandin is a Gunditjmara, Wotjobaluk and Wurundjeri man.

This submission is a transcript of Cliff talking about his family history, the importance of healing and his hopes for Aboriginal communities.

Size: 314.74 KB
Date: 30 May 2024

Submission – Matthew Leeder

Mathew Leeder is a proud Palawa and Dja Dja Wurrung man.

This submission is a transcript of Matthew discussing his experiences in residential care, hospitals, and psychiatric settings. It also includes reflections on the changes he would like to see and his hopes for the future of Aboriginal people

Size: 1.16 MB
Date: 29 May 2024

Submission – Anonymous 597

In this submission, the author recounts an experience of discrimination when seeking urgent care within the health system, and calls for an overhaul of the academic teaching provided to healthcare workers.

Size: 99.70 KB
Date: 28 May 2024

Submission – Bradley Collins

Bradley Collins is a proud Koori Man from Melbourne. This submission details his family history as members of the Stolen Generations, the destruction of cultural history and his dreams of justice.

Size: 39.98 KB
Date: 28 May 2024

Submission – Taungurung Land & Waters Council – Land Injustice

Taungurung Land & Waters Council (TLaWC) is a Registered Aboriginal Party that represents the interests of the Taungurung people.

This submission discusses the Taungurung experience of land injustice. It provides a picture of pre-contact Taungurung society, details the impacts of invasion and provides thoughts for Yoorrook considerations looking forward.

Size: 312.96 KB
Date: 27 May 2024

Submission – Self Determination Fund

Established by the democratically elected members of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, the Self-Determination Fund is vehicle for economic prosperity and to advance the full dimensions of Self-Determination.

This submission outlines that:

  • The Self-Determination Fund represents innovative good practice, and a fit-for-purpose model that must be expanded upon in its capacity and purpose to improve economic outcomes and experiences of all First Peoples in Victoria.
  • Systemic barriers and consequences of systemic injustice faced by First Peoples have precluded participation in the Victorian economy.
  • The Self-Determination Fund is a vehicle that through Statewide Treaty negotiations, other redress and through partnerships with other agencies, including the Government, has the capacity to improve economic outcomes and end systematic economic injustice for First Peoples in Victoria.
Size: 1.01 MB
Date: 21 May 2024