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Submission Number
2624
Participant
Anonymous
Submission date

The National Co-Design Group needs to take include provision of cross border arrangements when it comes to settling boundaries for regional voices across the country. The ACT Government submission makes the point that both it and the NSW Government ought to be enablers in making sure that Aboriginal people in the ACT and the surrounding region are able to work together in being a voice for the region. Obviously, this involves working across State jurisdictions.
The same applies in relation to the tristate region covering the NPY lands astride part of the Northern Territory, the APY lands in South Australia and the Ngaanyatjarra lands in Western Australia. The NPY Women's Council submission has asked for one voice for Anangu across the tristate region and leading into that a time and a process of engagement with all Anangu organisations to better understand what Anangu want for their Voice across the region. There are references to this process in the RASAC and National Empowered Communities submissions. This proposed engagement process would require an historically unprecedented level of support and engagement from the WA, SA, NT and Australian Governments to enable the process to support and if successful to support the coordination of the Anangu Voice across the tristate NPY region.
On the matter of final numbers of regions across the country, 35 is insufficient. Making these final decisions on the basis of historical convenience, ie ATSIC boundaries is no longer acceptable in the 21st century. There needs to be scope to enable the proposed 35 regions to be lifted and expanded as regions become clearer. this process should not be determined by centrally based public servants.