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I work for the Uniting Church in supporting youth and children in our area.

I support a constitutionally enshrined indigenous Voice in the Australian Parliament. The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation to us all as Australians to work with First Nations people to create a better future for everyone. I urge you to accept this invitation, as I do.

It is vital that the Voice to Parliament be enshrined in the Constitution for a number of reasons. Firstly, if we separate the notion of a First Nation Voice from constitutional recognition, this becomes a symbolic gesture that is not in line with the wishes of First Nations people themselves. Secondly, it is only be enshrining the Voice within the constitution that it achieves stability in its operation, free from the fear of abolition by one government to the next.

All people deserve to have a say in the matters that affect them. We live in a country where there is a huge gap in life expectancy, education and incarceration rates between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. Rather than speaking on behalf of our First Nations people, or implementing policies to address these issues in isolation, by supporting a First Nation Voice in Parliament we can discover together how best to move forward to reduce the gap in ways that are culturally appropriate and meaningful.

I am calling on the government to honour its election promise to hold a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled to ensure that a First Nations Voice to Parliament is protected by the Constitution.
Yours sincerely