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Submission Number
1097
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

As an Australian of European descent, I strongly believe that as a nation we need to listen to the voices of our First Nations People.
A Voice to Parliament protected in the Australian Constitution is an important step towards this.
The short periods of time I have spent travelling in the Northern Territory, where I had the opportunity to learn a little about Australian Indigenous culture, made me realise how terribly we are letting ourselves down as a nation by the way we marginalise Indigenous voices.
All non-Indigenous Australians have an enormous amount to learn from our First Nations People, and as a community and as a culture we are so much poorer for not having more opportunities to bring Indigenous voices into the mainstream political sphere.
I strongly support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the three key points of the Uluru Dialogue:
• The Government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled
• Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament
• 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.