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Submission Number
Annamila First Nations Foundation
Submission date
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Annamila First Nations Foundation
Feedback for Voice Co-Design
29 March 2021

Annamila First Nations Foundation
Feedback prepared in response to the
Indigenous Voice Co-Design Discussion Paper for
Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO and Professor Tom Calma AO

The Annamila First Nations Foundation welcomes the opportunity to respond to the
Indigenous Voice Co-Design Discussion Paper. We are a majority First Nations Board with
the purpose to promote and support the sovereignty of Australia’s First Peoples so that
Australia can free itself of discrimination of all kinds, especially the harmful ongoing effects
of its colonial heritage.

Our principles of engagement are based on
• Genuine self-determination - "nothing for them without them"
• Sustainability
• Effective Australian First Peoples leadership
• Protection of Australian First Peoples knowledge
• Practice with Australian First Peoples Protocols and Aboriginal Terms of Reference
• We support and amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise and leadership

1) What would be the impact of an Indigenous Voice for you, your community or
organisation and Australia more broadly?

• Little impact if that voice cannot contribute significantly to systemic change.
• Little impact if Governments do not respect and act on the expressed power of
Indigenous knowledges, practices and philosophy.

2) What features of the local and regional proposal are most important and why?

The strongest contemporary model for respectful and effective engagement with First
Nations People is the Coalition of Peaks and we would strongly recommend that the
progress made by this group in recent times be emulated in relation to your proposals,
particularly its success in negotiating service delivery, distribution of resources and
overarching policy settings.

3) How would the proposed Local and Regional Voice work for you, and your community
or your organisation?

• The advisory status is not Self Determination.
Annamila First Nations Foundation
Feedback for Voice Co-Design
29 March 2021

• The proposed advisory model is fundamentally flawed because it is not Self
Determination and does not address power imbalance. It leaves the reality of
decision making undefined and doesn’t appear to recognise the importance of being
able to challenge the existing decision making authorities.

4) What features are most important in the proposal for the National voice and why..

• That is advice is always accepted.
• That it has the capacity to set its own agenda and is not confined to an agenda set by
• That a mechanism be enshrined that enables all levels of governments to be held to
account for actions that are taken post the expression of the Voice.

5) How would the proposed National Voice work for you, your community or your

If the Voice meets the criteria referred to in this submission, then it would be a body we
would consult on a range of issues from time to time. If it’s purely ‘Advisory’, then it will
have little relevance to our work. As a philanthropic organisation, we recognise and
committ ourselves to the authentic independent voices of First Nations Peoples expressed
through their independently run and self-controlled organisations.

They will always be a primary reference point for us.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide this feedback. In closing, we wish to make the
point that we strongly support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its constitutionally
enshrined Voice that has nation to nation status.

Board of Directors:
Co Chair, Ms Belinda Duarte, Wotjobaluk / Dja Dja Wurrung
Co Chair, Mr Ian Roberts
Director, Auntie Dr Doseena Fergie OAM, Whutathi / Mabiaug Island
Director, Mr Wesley Enoch AM, Quandamooka
Director, Professor Greggory Phillips, PhD, Waanyi / Jaru
Founding Director, Ms Julie Kantor AO