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Submission Number
1070
Participant
Helen Yandell
Submission date

I wish to add my voice to the three points summarised in the From the Heart Submission to government in January 2021.

1. The government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once the model for
the Voice has been settled;
2. Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the
next term of Parliament; and
3. The membership model for the National Voice must ensure previously unheard Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people have the same chance of being selected as established
leadership figures.

I believe it is critical that the Voice by recognised in the Constitution and I believe from the many people I talk to and from many walks of life, that the majority of the Australian community agree with this. This can only be confirmed when a referendum is held, a promise the Federal Government made to me and us at the election. Once the referendum has passed, the Federal Government must act quickly to enshrine the Voice in legislation with the make up of the National Voice being as diverse as possible.

We only have to look at how so many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have dealt with the pandemic to see how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more than copable of making decisions that have positive outcomes for their communities and that benefit Australia as a whole.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is such a beautiful, generous plea for recognition.

I applaud and am humbled by the willingness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to keep talking and to suggest solutions. As a white, privileged woman I want to listen and see those solutions put into practice. I am willing to help in what ever way I can.