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Submission Number
2736
Participant
Bruce Eggington
Submission date

As I understand it, a model for the Voice will be developed submitted to the Australian people in a referendum. Historically our ability to design and implement advisory bodies to represent First Australians has not been notably successful. I feel it would be better , therefore, to implement the chosen model on an interim basis and the, after a reasonable and successful period with possible modification then submit this proven model to a referendum. We know it is difficult to get referenda passed so the suggested proving of a model must surely improve its chances of success at the ballot box.. I believe any model must define who is to provide the Voice, how they are chosen , tenure and retirement age. I would prefer universal adult suffrage from the population of First Australians . Who would qualify as a First Australian would have to be defined. The model should make clear what powers the Voice would have, if any, to initiate, modify or veto proposed legislation. Thank you for this opportunity of submitting my opinions. Bruce Eggington B.Mech.E.