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Submission Number
2814
Participant
THE ICONIC
Submission date
Main Submission File
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Submission to The Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process

April 2021

THEICONIC.COM.AU | Internet Services Australia 1 Pty Ltd | sustainability@theiconic.com.au
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THE ICONIC supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for a First
Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution. We believe in
championing equality, diversity and respect, and are committed to creating an
environment where all people are enabled to be their best authentic self.

We hear the call and accept the invitation “to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders for a better future”, and are pleased to make our submission in response
to The Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Interim Report to the Australian Government.
Our submission hopes to act as a contribution to what is an incredibly important and long
awaited step towards Reconciliation, ensuring a better future by establishing a First
Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution and a Makarrata Commission
to supervise agreement-making (treaty) and truth-telling.

THE ICONIC’s Reconciliation Journey
THE ICONIC is Australia and New Zealand’s leading fashion, sports and lifestyle
destination. As a progressive and socially-responsible brand, with our purpose of
Liberation, we believe in championing equality, diversity and respect, and are committed
to creating an environment where all people are enabled to be their best authentic self.
In 2020 we launched our REFLECT Reconciliation Action Plan, which formalised our
commitment to embedding initiatives throughout our business and sphere of influence to
contribute toward Australia’s reconciliation with First Nations Peoples. We are truly
committed to working in allyship with Australia’s First Nations Peoples and to further
understand our nation’s histories and true heritage. We are doing this through building
meaningful relationships - with people, stakeholders and organisations within our sphere
of influence in the hope we will drive change.

Uluru Statement From The Heart
Inconceivably in Australia an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament is
not enshrined in the Constitution nor is a treaty to formalise legal agreements between
Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. The Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for
the recognition of First Nations peoples in the Australian Constitution by establishing a
First Nations Voice to Parliament and we stand with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people and echo their requests for previously unheard voices to be represented
and listened to at a national, regional and local level through this co-design process.

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Representation and the Voice
We believe it is imperative that the Australian Government takes on the feedback given in
this consultation period by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and
organisations when determining the model of this representation to ensure the original
intent of the Uluru Statement from the Heart is honoured through the co-design process.
THE ICONIC supports the notion and the importance of ensuring that the model which
emerges from this process enables representation of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander communities and their needs that may vary by location and over time. We also
support the notion that the Voice has equal representation of gender and that all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are provided the opportunity to participate.

Constitutional Enshrinement and Legislation
It is imperative that the Voice be enshrined in the Constitution, as this is the agreed
position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made through the Uluru
Statement from the Heart. Once the oo-design process has been completed to define the
representation model, a vote by referendum for Constitutional enshrinement should
precede legislative change. This will ensure the Voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people remains while acknowledging that the model that emerges may evolve
over time as the structure of our nation develops a new and better identity through
reconciliation.

THE ICONIC supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart because structural reform of
this nature means establishing a new and positive relationship between First Nations and
the broader Australian community. A relationship based on respect and self
determination means we can grow and thrive as one, and we encourage the Australian
community to join us in supporting this call for action.

Erica Berchtold

Chief Executive Officer, THE ICONIC

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