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Submission Number
2627
Participant
GECA
Submission date
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Voice Secretariat
National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)
By email only: Co-designVoice@niaa.gov.au

14 April 2021

Consultation. This submission is made on behalf of the organisation, staff, and board members of
GECA.

is for a sustainable future for people and the planet, with a purpose to create solutions
for sustainable consumption and production. We know that sustainability cannot be achieved
without acknowledging the interconnectedness of the environment and people.

We recognise that First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for this continent (that we live and
work on) for over 65,000 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are Australia's first
people, with a rich history of traditions, laws, customs, stories and strong connection to Country,
land, and sovereignty. We therefore strongly support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the protection of it, is essential to a sustainable future for all Australian people.

We are committed to the Uluru Statement
We highly honour this invitation as a gift and strategic
roadmap to peace and sustainability for Australia. GECA firmly supports all three key elements of the
Uluru Statement:

Voice: A First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution
Treaty: A process for agreement making
Truth: Truth-telling about our history, with both Treaty and Truth overseen by a Makarrata
Commission.

GECA believes that the responses to the matters raised in the Interim Voice Report and discussion
paper is to reflect the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations as a
prime informant, and we support this process along with the following key points:

1. The government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for
the Voice has been settled;
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.
This country is overdue for fair and practical reform that is meaningful, strives for reconciliation and
healing, embraces the wisdom of First Nations peoples, culture, connection to Country, land, and
sovereignty, and promotes a sustainable future for all.

Yours sincerely,

Michelle Thomas Jessica Mutton

Chief Executive Officer Business Development and Project Manager

Good Environmental Choice Australia
Suite 312, Level 3, 77 Dunning Avenue Rosebery NSW 2018
Website: geca.org.au | Email: michelle@geca.org.au / jessica@geca.org.au