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Submission Number
2350
Participant
Raisers Hub
Submission date
Main Submission File
Main Submission Automated Transcript

27 April 2021

To Whom It May Concern,

RE: Co-Design Submission on behalf of Raisers Hub

Raisers Hub is a specialist telemarketing agency partnering with charities to help them achieve
their fundraising goals. Our team have partnered with a number of NGO’s whose focus is on
helping Indigenous communities and culture to thrive.

We believe the Uluru Statement from the Heart is an important first step. It is an invitation to
the Australian people to work with First Nations people to create a better future. It is a gift: a
strategic roadmap to peace, where First Nations peoples take a rightful place in their own land.
It’s a moment where all Australians can come together and realise our nation’s true potential.

Its essential that Indigenous people have a say in the matters that affect them. First Nations
comprise 3% of the population in Australia and that makes it difficult for their voices to be heard
in elections and in a Parliament. The Commonwealth has Races & Territories Powers in our
constitution that has never been directed at any other racial group in Australia and has been
used to pass laws on land rights and cultural heritage laws that negatively impact First Nations,
without their consultation or consent. This is in direct conflict with the UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Australia must enshrine the Voice to Parliament. If we don’t, this will go the way of previous
bodies such as ATSIC, which can be easily abolished by different governments depending on
their priorities. This is unacceptable and damages our ability to find a way through complex
issues. First Nations’ need a protected voice about their own affairs – we need structural reform
and real change to the way decisions are made and by who.

Our key submission points:

1. The Government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the
Voice has been settled to ensure that a First Nations Voice to Parliament is protected by the
Constitution;

2. Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next
term of Parliament; and

3. 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.

Raisers Hub supports the call of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The first essential step to
realising its vision is establishing and enshrining a Voice to Parliament.

Yours Faithfully,

Raisers Hub

Raisers Hub ABN 90 081 031 290 14A Mentmore Ave Rosebery NSW 2018
Email: hello@raisershub.com Tel: 02 8114 9700