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Submission Number
2978
Participant
ANTaR Inner West
Submission date
Main Submission Automated Transcript

Voice Secretariat
Reply Paid 83380
Canberra, ACT 2601

Homebush West
NSW 2140

Dear Madam/Sir,

Our first concern is that the Australian people should listen to the desires and feelings ofthe
Indigenous people. There have been many reports over the years on the Aboriginal situation. The
Uluru Statement from the Heart Is the strongest and clearest expression of Aboriginal desires . A huge
amount of time and effort went into that report bringing an unusual degree of consensus. Therefore we
believe it is imperative that the Government should take very seriously the Uluru Statement.

The Interim Report was seeking to spell out the details of what a Voice should look like. Unfortunately the
Government deliberately excluded consideration of whether the Voice should be embedded in the
Constitution. We believe it is essential that the role ofthe Voice should be properly part of the Constitution.
Only that can stop future Governments from ignoring or deleting the Voice. It is very strange that our
Constitution has no mention of Aboriginal history or rights. Putting the Voice in the Constitution would be
the right and proper way to make up for that omission. There are many details of how the national Voice
should be constituted and its regional expressions.

However there needs to be a Referendum to get a clear expression of national feelings before all the
details are finalised.

Yours sincerely,