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Submission Number
1002
Participant
Danielle Worton
Submission date
Main Submission Automated Transcript

Submission to Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process
Support for a VOICE to Parliament, enshrined in the Constitution

I want to first thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the issue of a VOICE to parliament.
Although this is primarily a matter for the privileging of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, it is an
important step for all of Australia to move toward reconciliation and as such a valuable opportunity for non-
Indigenous Australians to voice support for change.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have come forward in agreement on how to provide much
needed reconciliation between the First Peoples of Australia and those who since have been the beneficiaries
of Australia’s colonisation in the ULURU STATEMENT. They ask for VOICE, TREATY and TRUTH that we might
move toward a more just and fair conception of Australia.

However, a VOICE to just government is not good enough; without constitutional enshrinement there is no
assurance that a First Nations Voice will be truly heard in a country that still prioritises the economic and
imperial objectives of beneficiaries of colonisation at the expense of Australia’s First Nations. Token
consultation is not enough. The Government must not default on its election commitment to a referendum.
The Federal government must honour its promise to take a model for a 'First Nations Voice to Parliament' as
soon as possible. When the law and the government fail Australia's First Nations, it reveals a lack of concern
and sensitivity by the governing authorities who more often than not are the ongoing beneficiaries of original
colonisation. Yet as much as the disadvantage and marginalisation of Indigenous peoples in Australian policy
may be a moral failing of governments to recognise Indigenous rights, it is a systemic problem that results
from a lack of concrete laws and institutionalised economic incentives that could otherwise include a First
Nations Voice in Australian decision making.

It is time for the law and the constitution itself to change. Legislation for the Voice must be passed in the next
term after a referendum has been held. For too long Australian and international law has been used directly
and indirectly to perpetrate or allow the mistreatment of Australia's First Nations, from the false declaration of
Terra Nullius to the Stolen Generation, to the ongoing disadvantage and displacement of Indigenous peoples
with inadequate remediation and policy. It is time for the law and the constitution to used for Australia's First
Nations, instead of against them.

The only way to ensure that their rights and needs will be met is to enshrine their voice in the constitution, a
necessary and requested first step in listening to the Voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in
the way they have nominated. A membership model for the National Voice must also ensure that all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all parts of the country will be heard and have equal
chance to be selected as leadership figures.

Make straight the path for a fair, just, and reconciled Australia by constitutionally enshrining a voice to
parliament.

Yours Sincerely,

Danielle Worton