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Adam Raffel
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Adam Raffel

Dear Co-Design Body

Submission for Co-design process

I am a non-indigenous man residing in Sydney. I was born in Colombo Sri Lanka and my family migrated
to Australia in 1975. I work as a freelance editor for a law publishing company with a Bachelor of Arts
from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Librarianship) from
University of NSW and a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing from UTS - Sydney. My interests
are history, literature, theatre and film.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?

It is crucial that indigenous Australians have a say in policies that affect them.

Why do you think Indigenous people should have a Voice to Parliament?

A Voice to Parliament provides the foundation for better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people. They are the ones that have the best understanding of the challenges facing their
families and communities.

Why do you think a Voice to Parliament is important?

It is important to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, allowing them to take
ownership and responsibility for the challenges that they face, and work constructively with

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than
include it only in legislation?

It is important to enshrine the Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution because it cannot be
changed by the government of the day by amending or repealing legislation. It only can be changed by
the Australian people in a referendum.

It is so important for non-indigenous Australians like me to recognise that Australia was built on the
dispossession of its original inhabitants and indigenous sovereignty was never formally ceded to the
British Crown and to the Australian Commonwealth. This is a gross injustice that needs to be addressed.
Australia will only be complete as a nation when indigenous sovereignty is formally recognised and
enshrined in The Constitution.

Thank you,

Adam Raffel