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Submission Number
2275
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date
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Voice Secretariat
Reply Paid 83380
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email: co-designvoice@niaa.gov.au

To the Voice Secretariat,

I am a non-Indigenous person in full support of the Uluru Statement From the Heart, and
enshrining the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.

I was five years old when my dad took me to the ANTaR Sea of Hands demonstration in Canberra
in 1997. My dad kept the photo of me on his wall for years. I believe he kept it on his wall
because it was a representation of the kind of Australia he wanted for his child – an Australia
properly reconciled.

I am now 28 and I see that we still do not have an Australia reconciled; not even close. I see that
our indigenous population is still deeply hurting. I see it every week on social media and in the
news. How can we accept this?

I understand that’s its not been easy to work out how to move forward. However, the Uluru
Statement is an incredible process and piece of work that the Indigenous community has
completed, and we owe it to them to respect that hard work and now, finally, get it done.

That’s why I would like the opportunity to vote yes on enshrining a Voice to Parliament in our
constitution. I can see only good coming from enshrining the Voice to Parliament. Where’s the
harm in listening? Where’s the harm in ensuring future generations continue to listen? There is
none. There is only harm if we continue to ignore the voices and needs of Indigenous
Australians.

So I ask the Australian Government to honour it’s election promise for a referendum to enshrine
the Voice. This referendum should be held before enabling legislation for the Voice is passed. I
would also like to express my support for a membership model that ensures previously unheard
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same chance of being selected as
established leadership figures.

Thank you for this opportunity to respond to the Interim Voice Report on the co-design of a First
Nations Voice.

Yours sincerely,