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Submission Number
2372
Participant
Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium PTY Ltd
Submission date
Main Submission Automated Transcript

Submission in response to the Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Interim Report to the Australian
Government

29th April 2021

We welcome the opportunity to make this submission to the Australian Government in response to
the Interim Report to the Australian Government: Indigenous Voice Co-design Process and to express
our strong support for a referendum to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Australian
Constitution.

Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure consortium (iDiC) is a Majority owned and controlled
Indigenous business which has over 100 Indigenous Businesses in our consortium. Since
commencing trading in 2017 the iDiC, via our own Indigenous supply chain, has contributed in excess
of $100 million in economic benefit to Indigenous Businesses, Peoples and Communities.

iDiC and our Indigenous Businesses acknowledge First Nations peoples as traditional custodians of
Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing cultural connection to the lands and
waters of this continent.

As a leading Indigenous business, we acknowledge that we play an active role in driving forward the
journey towards reconciliation and equality. We accept the responsibility to promote reconciliation
within our workplace with our Indigenous brothers and Sisters and Non-Indigenous businesses.

We support the generous invitation extended by First Nations people in the Uluru Statement from
the Heart for indigenous and Non-Indigenous people to walk together in a movement of the
Australian people for a better future.

We recognise, respect and our proud of the fact that the First Nations peoples have cared for the
lands and waters of this continent for more than 60,000 years and invite others to walk alongside
our peers on a journey towards reconciliation, equality and constitutional protection of their right to
be heard.

We believe First Nations peoples must have a direct say in laws and policies that affect them. As
such, we stand up and support the respectful proposal in the Uluru Statement from the Heart for a
constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament.

We respectfully urge the Australian Government to honour its election commitment to hold a
referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled and to pass enabling legislation for the
Voice after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament.

We also urge the government to ensure the membership model for the Voice supports previously
unheard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in having an equal chance at being selected as
representatives as established leadership figures.

INDIGENOUS BUSINESS ENGAGING AUSTRALIAN INFRASTRUCTURE
Registered as Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium Pty. Ltd. ABN 47 608 305 559
We also support the two other key elements for reform in the Uluru Statement from the Heart; a
Makarrata Commission to oversee agreement-making between the Australian Government and First
Nations and a formal truth-telling process, each critical step towards reconciliation.

We stand proudly alongside other First Nations peers to champion the rightful place within our
nation so that we can move forward, together.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Goodes Michael McLeod
Chief Executive Officer Chairman

INDIGENOUS BUSINESS ENGAGING AUSTRALIAN INFRASTRUCTURE
Registered as Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium Pty. Ltd. ABN 47 608 305 559