Submission to the Australian Federal Government regarding the Uluru Statement from
the Heart document.
Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission, offered as part of the current Public
Consultation program, in support of the many voices of First Nations’ people
We are a family group of concerned non-indigenous Australian people, responding positively
to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
First Nation Australians have maintained and sustained this land and its people over
millennia and have never ceded sovereignty.
We are deeply disappointed that a proposal has not yet been developed to be enshrined in the
When the document and consultation have been developed Australia should vote on it in a
We believe that the National Voice provides a broad scope for advice on nationally
significant matters of importance to First Nations peoples’ social, spiritual, and economic
well-being, which we believe is a fundamental human right for all.
This will not be a third house of Parliament. It is not a threat to existing government, and we
condemn the way it has been misrepresented as such.
We recommend that the Voice to Parliament:
1. Be a national body comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
2. Be enshrined in the Constitution and not simply legislated, as the latter is inadequate,
risking removal by subsequent governments.
3. Provide advice to the Australian Parliament and Government on relevant laws, policies and
4. Consist of members who are selected from First Nations Local and Regional Voices and
not through Government appointment.
5. Be structurally linked to Local and Regional voices, rather than through a direct election
model. Two National Voice members from each State, Territory and Torres Strait Islands be
included to ensure both diverse and grassroots participation.
It is vital that the Voice to Parliament provide a way for Indigenous Australians in
communities around the country to influence decisions made concerning them. This Voice
must faithfully reflect the recommendations from the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We believe this is an urgent matter. It is past time for us to accept the invitation by the First
Peoples to walk together in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.
John Stuart Carmel Cox
Michael Stuart Joel Cox
Linda Stuart Alyce Cox