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A constitutionally enshrined Voice is needed. It is needed deeply and desperately.
Over the past few months, I have become curious and quiet, seeking to hear the voices of those whom we as white Australians have always ignored, dismissed, or invalidated. I have listened to First Nations people of the Ngarrindjeri Nation, I have listened to fellow Australians, white and black, and I have listened to Torres Strait Islander, Thomas Mayor.

It is a great shame, a deep embarrassment, and an ongoing bafflement to me that Australia continues to turn away from our Indigenous people, their demands, their knowledge, their wisdom, their truth. I believe that the journey we are on, in discovering how best to listen to and protect the Voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, is fundamentally important in the future of who we are as a nation. A Voice to Parliament is important as we move towards a future that is more shared, truthful, and just. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians need to have more say in the laws, policies, and legislation that pertain to their lives, country, and communities.

This is why I ask the following:

• I request the government to honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for a Voice has been settled.
• I ask for legislation for the voice to be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of parliament
• The National Voice member model must be a model that ensures all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island grassroot voices be heard.