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Ann Doolette
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Submission to Indigenous Voice Discussion Paper
I am a non-aboriginal woman in the 66 years and over bracket. From all branches of my
family, I am a descendent of early South Australian colonists. I live and work on the
traditional lands of the Kaurna and Nurrunga nations.
First and foremost, I support a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution
as set out in the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
The Uluru Statement of the Heart is a compelling, considered and heartfelt statement of what
is needed to allow black and white Australia to walk together. It was achieved after an
extraordinary collective effort by of our First Nations. It cannot be ignored.
Implementation of the Uluru Statement of the Heart and enshrinement of a Voice to
Parliament in our Constitution is, in my view, non-negotiable. Australia is a prosperous and
successful nation leading the world in many ways. From this position of strength, it is time
that we have the moral courage and generosity of spirit to acknowledge our colonial past
and move forward together as a united nation.
The Commonwealth Government must honour its election commitment to hold a
referendum to ensure that a First Nations Voice to Parliament is protected by the
Constitution. Following a referendum – the outcome of which I believe will support a Voice
to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution – enabling legislation must be passed
The Commonwealth Government must listen to the people.
The current proposal for an Indigenous Voice, as set out in the Discussion Paper, is a
deflection from the Uluru Statement of the Heart. It is not the solution. I am disappointed
that this Government has chosen to ignore the compelling joint request of our First
However, if it is an interim step while the lengthy process of changing the Constitution
occurs and it will form the structural basis for a future Constitutional Voice to Parliament, I
support the following arrangements for an interim Indigenous Voice:
• National Voice: Model 1 - Structural Membership Link; core membership numbers of 18
members, with 4 year staggered terms, no independent policy body, established as a
Commonwealth Body; and
• Establishment of Local and Regional Voices to maximise local indigenous voices being
heard and their needs being met.
Again, I reiterate my view that the current proposal for an Indigenous Voice in the
Discussion Paper represents (1) a refusal by the current Commonwealth Government to
listen to our First Nations who have clearly set out the solution in the Uluru Statement from
the Heart and (2) a lack of moral strength to take this essential step for black and while
Australia to fully reconcile.
Ann Doolette
23 April 2021