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Submission Number
2292
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

To whom it may concern

Submission to Co-design process

I am a Sydney woman born on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I am writing this submission on behalf of myself because I feel it is extremely important that we enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament that is protected by the Constitution. It's 2021 and the fact we have no treaty with our Frist Nations people, that they have no Voice is a national shame.

The invitation of the Uluru Statment from the Heart to walk together for a better future should be our national priority. Hope is so important. We must listen to our First Nations people, they have come together to deliver this statement to us, and now me must listen and act.

It is essential that the Voice to Parliament is enshrined in the Constitution to protect it from legislative changes as governments change. This important shift in our National Identity is urgently needed and wanted by our society.

We know from the research that hearing from a diverse array of voices creates better outcomes for all of us. The Australian community is lacking First Nations voices and this is a great shame, as the oldest living, continuing culture in the world we need to hear from these voices. The membership model for the National Voice must ensure previously unheard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same chance of being selected as established leadership figures.

Working for an international aid agency it is clear to me, that communities are best placed to advise on the type of support they need. It is not for us to dictate what is best. It is for us to listen and provide as they know the intricate details of the needs of their communities best. The government made a commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled, that time has come and the government must honor their commitment. They must enable the legislation for the Voice to be passed after the referendum within the next term of Parliament.

Yours sincerely