Submissions: Your Feedback

Submissions from people and organisations who have agreed to have their feedback published are provided below.

The views expressed in these submissions belong to their authors. The National Indigenous Australians Agency reserved the right not to publish submissions, or parts of submissions, that include, for example, material that is offensive, racist, potentially defamatory, personal information, is a copy of previously provided materials, or does not relate to the consultation process.

An auto-generated transcript of submissions provided as attachments has been made available to assist with accessibility. These transcripts may contain transcription errors. Please refer to the source file for the original content.

Please note not all submissions are provided in an attachment. For submissions without an attachment, click on the name of the person or organisation to view the text.

Site functionality has recently been improved. You can now search by participant name and submission number. You can also click on the number, date and participant column headings to sort the order of submissions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that submissions may contain images or names of deceased people.

If you require any further assistance please contact Co-designVoice@niaa.gov.au.


Submission Number
Imogen Rutledge
Submission date

Imogen Rutledge
Acton, ACT

To whom it may concern

Co-design process: Submission for Imogen Rutledge

I grew up in Canberra, ACT, and have lived in Vancouver, Canada and New Zealand. I have Wiradjuri ancestry on my father's side. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at ANU.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important as the Indigenous peoples of Australia face so many disadvantages, and the Uluru statement is a step in a better direction than the current state of social progress as it is Indigenous lead.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
It is important because it is a fundamental right of self-autonomy and expression in a democratic society. It is also important to acknowledge that when non-Indigenous people have a say in these matters, it isn't truly reflective of Indigenous opinions and voices, and are not capable of understanding the unique disadvantages faced by First Nations people.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
It would improve my community as it would hold Parliament accountable for it's privilege, whiteness and colonial attitudes.

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
It is imperative to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution as it is the supreme law making entity in Australia that can only be changed through referendum. The Constitution is the highest source of law, and including the voice would protect it and allow it to perform constitutionally enshrined duties, and further legally legitimize it. It would also acknowledge the importance of Indigenous voices generally.

Thank you,
Imogen Rutledge