The aboriginal people in good faith created the Uluru Voice from the Heart which was immediately rejected by the then Givernment on the specious ground it was asking for a third chamber in Parliament. That response was utterly misleading. Now is the time to act in the spirit intended. These three points are vital and should be acted on:
1.The government made an election commitment to a referendum once the 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.
Enshrining the Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution will contribute to a just recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and progress the struggle for sovereignty and self-determination.
I thank you for considering my submission and look forward to your considered response.