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Submission Number
2256
Participant
Anonymous
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To Co-Design Body,

I am an Art History student from the University of Queensland and I write in response to the
National Voice interim report and to support its three key positions. Unlike the usual eye-roll
apathy I feel towards empty words and sycophantic lip-service blindly paid towards
democratic structures, for the first time in my life I’ve felt the gravity, power, pride and hope
that comes with living in a democracy, and a real sense of personal responsibility and the
ability for my small words to make a difference. I find my heart jumping with joy and
nodding in agreement with everything described in the interim report. In many decision-
making situations that directly affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Voices are the ones that frustratingly are
silenced and dismissed. This is often because the policy makers are not the end users. It is
unfortunate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s issues have been tossed
around like a political football, and the government often ‘does things to’ rather than with
these communities. This is why I fully support the Uluru Statement. It is imperative for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to have a greater say in the laws of the
Parliament, policies and Australian Government decisions that affect them.

I support the three key positions of the National Voice:

I hold the government accountable to honouring its election commitment to a referendum
once a model for the Voice has been settled.

I urge the Government to enable legislation for the Voice to be passed after a referendum has
been held in the next term of Parliament.

I support a membership model for the National Voice that must ensure previously unheard
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have the same chance of being selected as
established leadership figures.

It is an embarrassment that we do not have a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian
constitution given the appalling history and treatment of First Nations peoples since the
colonisation of Australia, and it is impossible for the Australian government and people to
say that we live in a country based on equality, democracy and inclusivity if its First People
continue to be systemically oppressed and disadvantaged.

Yours sincerely,
The Voice is a turning point for the relationship between the Australian government, the
Australian public, and First Nations People. The desire by Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples to have a greater say in the laws of the Parliament, policies and Australian
Government decisions that affect them is a desire that I support as well. The design outlined
in the report is how I envision Australia working at its best for its all its people. It is inspiring
and uplifting because it is reasonable and makes so much sense. It makes sense for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to have a Voice in the laws of the Parliament,
policies and Australian Government decisions that affect them. It makes sense to devise a
system where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities can work in
true partnership with government. It makes sense that “better outcomes are achieved when
decisions that affect the daily lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are made
as close of the ground as possible and in partnership with those most affected.” (Interim
Report 2020 p,62).

Yours sincerely,

Unlike the usual eye-roll apathy I feel towards empty words and sycophantic lip-service
blindly paid towards democratic structures, for the first time in my life I’ve felt the gravity,
power, pride and hope that comes with living in a democracy, and a real sense of personal
responsibility and the ability for my small words to make a difference. I find my heart
jumping with joy and nodding in agreement with everything described in the interim report.
In many decision-making situations that directly affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Voices are the ones that
frustratingly are silenced and dismissed. This is often because the policy makers are not the
end users. It is unfortunate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s issues have
been tossed around like a political football, and the government often ‘does things to’ rather
than with these communities.

I support the three key positions of the National Voice:

I hold the government accountable to honouring its election commitment to a referendum
once a model for the Voice has been settled.
I urge the Government to enable legislation for the Voice to be passed after a referendum has
been held in the next term of Parliament.

I support a membership model for the National Voice that must ensure previously unheard
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have the same chance of being selected as
established leadership figures.

The Voice is a turning point for the relationship between the Australian government, the
Australian public, and First Nations People. The desire by Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples to have a greater say in the laws of the Parliament, policies and Australian
Government decisions that affect them is a desire that I support as well. The design outlined
in the report is how I envision Australia working at its best for its all its people. It is inspiring
and uplifting because it is reasonable and makes so much sense. It makes sense for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to have a Voice in the laws of the Parliament,
policies and Australian Government decisions that affect them. It makes sense to devise a
system where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities can work in
true partnership with government. This is why I fully support the Uluru Statement.

Yours sincerely,