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Joan Harcourt
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I welcome the government’s interim co-design report and acknowledge the significant work undertaken by the co design committeees. I call for the establishment of a First Nation’s Voice to be enshrined in the Constitution. If not enshrined in the constitution It could be susceptible to short term electoral changes and
not provide the continuity to make real long term changes. The challenges many First Nations face are inter generational so need long term solutions . A Voice to Parliament would be a representative body giving First Nation people a say in law and policy affecting them.
At present we are very aware that 30 years after the Royal Commission on Black deaths in custody there continues to be many, black deaths is custody .
In 2019 the Government made an election commitment to holding a referendum with regard to a National Voice once a model for the Voice has been settled. It is crucial that the Voice be enshrined in the Constitution . The membership of the National Voice must be determined by the First Nations diverse voices such as Community representation and not government appointment.
I support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and was bitterly disappointed when it was brushed aside summarily but the government of the day. I also support the establishment of a Makarrata Commission to establish a process of agreement with the Australian governments and a process of truth telling .Like many other many others I accepted the invitation to Australian people ‘ to walk with them’.
Australia’s First Nations people represent the longest surviving culture in the world , we have much to learn from them