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Submission Number
2890
Participant
Gatluak Puoch
Submission date
Main Submission Automated Transcript

The Uluru Statement Endorsement Submission

Author: Gatluak Puoch

30 April 2021

I rise to join the million concerned Australians that are endorsing the Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders’ call for their Voice to be unconditionally enshrined into our national
constitution.

The pass and existing administrations have broken several promises linked to this deserted
human right component.
I hold the view that there need not be further resistance or excurses given for this long
overdue self-determination to be realised.

For far too long, our First Australians have suffered unimaginable injustices of our own. The
following evidence qualify this injustice view:

• We celebrate the darkest 26th of January each year as an Australia’s Day when it
indeed represents the termination of the First Nation People. Thousands of our First
Nation People take to streets across the nation begging the government of the day to
stop calling this day an Australian’s Day; however, the government of the day simply
ignore these voices.

• The statues of colonial masters in every corner of Australian cities and government
buildings have continued to be displayed as heroes/heroines and hailed high as the
bravest of all. These conducts have continued to re-traumatise our fellow First
Australians and hindered their trust and effective relationships with us all.

• For the last 100 years, the needs and live of the non-Indigenous Australians have been
taking precedent over that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In 2017, the Same
Sex community has called for the recognition and respect for the Marriage Equality.
The Former President Minister, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull and his
administration had unconditionally facilitated this Felicity for the Australians to deliver
their verdict. On 9 December 2017, the voice and recognition of our beloved
Australian Same Sex Marriage community has been enshrined into law.

• On 15 March 2021, the March 4 Justice calling for respect and equality against women
took a centre stage across Australia. The then seating Prime Minister, the Honourable
Scott Morrison and the National Covenant acted swiftly, increasing women’s
representation in the National Covenant and creating women focus ministerial
portfolio for the purpose of improving women’s live and access to equity.

These disparity and inconsistency on how the government of the day applies justices to
certain national issues and certain class of people contradicts the Prime Ministers’ oath and
affirmation that they intend to serve for not few but all Australians.
In conclusion, the government must implement the following actions:

• Honour its election commitment to a referendum once the model for the Voice has
been settled.
• Enables the legislation for the Voice to be passed after a referendum has been held in
the next term of Parliament.
• 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.

Regards
Gatluak Puoch
Melbourne Australia