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Submission Number
223
Participant
Adamantem Capital and Melior Investment Management
Submission date
Main Submission Automated Transcript

This submission in response to the Interim Voice Co-Design Report is made by the staff of
Adamantem Capital Management, a private equity fund manager, and Melior Investment
Management, a public equities fund manager. Adamantem and Melior operate
on Gadigal Land in Sydney, NSW.

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We are privileged to manage the investments of people from all over the world. Our
investors are attracted to the stability and resilience of Australia and its economy. In that
context, they choose to invest with us because they believe our particular investment
strategies and expertise will deliver outstanding, long-term returns.

The strength of Australia’s civic institutions is hugely important to the success and
sustainability of our investment strategies and the interests of our investors. As corporate
leaders, it is part of our civic responsibility to do what we can to support and, where
required, help develop those institutions.

Our commitment to do so is underpinned by a number of key beliefs. We believe Australia’s
social and cultural diversity is the foundation of our civic strength. We believe
that our diverse culture starts with our First Nations peoples; with their stories and
traditions and an acknowledgement of their original sovereignty. We believe Australians do
not have a complete, honest or inclusive history without acknowledging them at its base.
And our connection to this land - to our physical environment - will at some level always be
alien until we embrace and celebrate the ancestral ties our First Nations peoples have to
it.

Unfortunately, our most important political institutions have never reflected this truth in
our history and diversity, or our First Nations peoples’ sovereignty. Our First Nations people
have been kept institutionally powerless for over 230 years. The consequences have been,
and continue to be, catastrophic.

It is in this context that we support the change to our Commonwealth political
institutions to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. Along with
other corporate leaders, we call for:

• The government to call a referendum once a model for the First
Nations Voice has been settled;
• Enabling legislation for the First Nations Voice to be passed in the next term
of Parliament after a referendum has been held; and

Adamantem Capital Pty Ltd Melior Investment Management Pty Ltd
Level 27, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000 Level 29 Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000
P: +61 2 9004 6060 | E: info@adamantem.com.au | P: +61 2 9004 6071 | E: info@meliorim.com.au |
ABN: 91 614 857 037 ABN: 16 629 013 896
• The membership model for the First Nations Voice to ensure First Nations
people who are not established leadership figures to be heard as well as
those established leaders.

We believe that the active support of a First Nations Voice by the business community is a
critical element in creating a shared national identity that drives sustained equality and
equity of opportunity for all Australians.

Rob Koczkar Lucy Steed
Managing Director, Adamantem Capital Chief Executive Officer, Melior
Investment Management

Adamantem Capital Pty Ltd Melior Investment Management Pty Ltd
Level 27, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000 Level 29 Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000
P: +61 2 9004 6060 | E: info@adamantem.com.au | P: +61 2 9004 6071 | E: info@meliorim.com.au |
ABN: 91 614 857 037 ABN: 16 629 013 896