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Submission Number
2141
Participant
Vickie Smiles
Submission date

I think it is absolutely vital that The Voice to Parliament be enshrined in the Australian Constitution. It is the only way to make sure that all governments abide by the spirit and intent of The Uluru Statement from the Heart.

It also means that whenever the government changes, the incoming party or coalition will not be able to ignore the voice of First Nations people. And the Voice will not be a separate chamber of Parliament as falsely claimed by the Morrison Government. It will be as it says: A Voice.

Politicians notoriously favour “talk” over ‘action” but when it comes to listening they manage to achieve a level of incompetence and willful denial that is beyond belief.

This is evidenced by billions of dollars spent on enquiries or Royal Commissions that produce groundbreaking recommendations collecting dust on the shelves of inaction.

The 1987 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was a prime example of this. Moreover, Government failure to act on its findings was a shameful blight on Australia’s reputation and one of the many reasons why our First Nations people continue to live as "others" in their own country.